CONGRESS 2023 - Introduction of Digital Image Analysis into EQA Assessments

Last updated: 20th September 2023

Digital imaging for remote viewing to enable reporting is becoming increasingly prevalent in the NHS cellular pathology services. Sea change levels of improvement in the technology that enables digital image acquisition, viewing, transfer and storage has allowed its widespread deployment and adoption and concomitant to this has been the development of software applications to enable the analysis of those digital images for a huge variety of reasons. In my talk I will discuss the application of digital image analysis to the scans of the slides that we assess as part of our routine external quality assessment (EQA) workload. Both as aids to improve the information and the accuracy of that information e.g., in the assessment of the proliferation marker Ki-67 in breast cancer to improve its use as a prognostic marker, and as a tool to verify and quality control our own processes and EQA materials e.g., the measurement of reproducibility and homogeneity in tissue and cell line samples used in the assessment of PD-L1 immunohistochemistry staining in non-small cell lung cancer.

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26th September 2023
Venue: The International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham
Learning outcomes

Delegates attending this presentation will:

  • Receive an overview of how the introduction to Image Analysis is enhancing the UK NEQAS ICC Scheme assessments and future reports
  • Understand the UK NEQAS ICC assessment process and how the qualitative assessment is now being further complemented by quantitative data using image analysis.