Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Royal Philips ( (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, and Paige, a leader in computational pathology, announced today a strategic collaboration to deliver clinical-grade AI applications to pathology laboratories. These AI technologies, starting with Paige Prostate, aim to help pathologists identify, quantify and characterize cancer in tissue samples and make precise diagnoses more efficiently. This may, ultimately, positively impact pathologist’s workflow and treatment planning for patients.
Pathologists play a crucial role in the detection and diagnosis of a broad range of diseases, including cancer. The increasing number of cancer cases in the aging population, and rapid advances in personalized medicine have resulted in significant increases in the complexity of pathology diagnostics and the workload imposed on pathologists. Digital images of tissue samples make it possible for pathologists to easily diagnose these samples on a computer display using advanced imaging analysis and workflow software.
Paige’s technology has demonstrated promising results, and the collaboration aims to deliver this kind of technology into routine clinical practice. Several pathology laboratories have already converted their glass slide-based workflow to digital, using the clinically approved digital pathology solution from Philips. Once digital images are available, the CE marked Paige Prostate software is applied automatically to detect and localize prostate cancer. This technology provides pathologists with valuable information they can use in their evaluation of prostate biopsies.