Category Archives: Staff Featured

National Cytotechnology Day – May 13

9th May, 2017

National Cytotechnology Day celebrates the important work of Dr. George Papanicolaou and serves to promote the importance of the Pap test in women’s health and the contributions of cytotechnologists to the health care field. Congratulations to Manitoba’s skilled Cytotechnologists, whose expertise and analysis contribute to patient health in our province.




Histotechnology Day – Celebrating Important Diagnostic Work

10th Mar, 2017

March 10 celebrates the science of Histotechnology and the important work that goes on in laboratories to identify tissue abnormalities through the histology process. To learn more visit the National Society for Histotechnology.


The Art & Science of Pathological Investigation

14th Nov, 2016

When most people hear the term Pathology, what likely comes to mind is forensics and perhaps they picture an autopsy scene from their favourite crime show. But autopsy and forensics are only small parts of this medical specialty and most pathology work is done for the benefit of the living.


MRT Week, November 6 to 12

6th Nov, 2016

MRT Week is an annual celebration of the essential role that medical radiation technologists (MRTs) play in the healthcare system. Celebrated this year from November 6 to 12, MRT week is a time to recognize the contributions of these professionals to health care. DSM employs more than 335 dedicated and caring medical radiological staff who […]


Sonography Education Day

16th Oct, 2016

Philips and DSM are partnering to bring a rewarding educational opportunity to Manitoba radiologists and sonographers. The event, which is taking place on Saturday, November 5 in Winnipeg, features several presentations by Canadian experts.



Canadian Patient Safety Week: October 25-November 1, 2015

25th Oct, 2015

In recognition of Canadian Patient Safety Week, DSM wanted to affirm our commitment to the safety and well-being of our patients across Manitoba. We know that we are providing the Results That Matter to doctors and patients because these reports are used to establish diagnoses and make treatment decisions. Our Quality Management Program is complete […]


National Cytotechnology Day – May 13

May 9,17

National Cytotechnology Day celebrates the important work of Dr. George Papanicolaou and serves to promote the importance of the Pap test in women’s health and the contributions of cytotechnologists to the health care field. Congratulations to Manitoba’s skilled Cytotechnologists, whose expertise and analysis contribute to patient health in our province.

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Choosing Wisely Manitoba featured on CTV News

April 28,17

If you missed the April 27 6:00 broadcast, please watch the clip starting at 07:08 to learn more about this local initiative to Choose Wisely in health care.

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Choosing Wisely is Now Social

Follow the latest at Choosing Wisely Manitoba, now on Twitter @ChooseWiselyMB

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Histotechnology Day – Celebrating Important Diagnostic Work

March 10,17

March 10 celebrates the science of Histotechnology and the important work that goes on in laboratories to identify tissue abnormalities through the histology process. To learn more visit the National Society for Histotechnology.

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The Art & Science of Pathological Investigation

November 14,16

istock_000004242389medium-vibrant-stain_smWhen most people hear the term Pathology, what likely comes to mind is forensics and perhaps they picture an autopsy scene from their favourite crime show. But autopsy and forensics are only small parts of this medical specialty and most pathology work is done for the benefit of the living.

“Pathology has the potential to touch every patient and every patient’s case will be unique,” said Dr. Marc Dupre, a Diagnostic Services Manitoba (DSM) Pathologist who practices at St. Boniface Hospital. “This is what makes pathology so critical to patient care and so challenging and rewarding as a career.”

November 16 is International Pathology Day, an observance established by the Royal College of Pathologists to recognize and celebrate the contribution and important role played by pathology and laboratory medicine in addressing global health challenges and improving the health outcomes of people and communities around the world.

As the medical specialty concerned with determining the cause and nature of disease, pathology is critical for the prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of many of the leading causes of disease. Pathology is everything from a PAP test to a biopsy and the study of all organs or tissues surgically removed from the body during an ‘ectomy’. Pathology is sometimes involved during a patient’s surgery, when pathologists perform frozen section analysis, providing the surgeon with an immediate diagnosis critical to the patient’s care while the patient is still in the operating room.

Pathologists have been known as the doctor’s doctor, working directly with clinicians as opposed to patients. Tissues alone cannot always provide a black and white diagnosis, Clinical details and history from the patient’s physician work hand in hand with the observations of a pathologist to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

“Communication with physicians is key to putting a case into context and will help me to make the best diagnosis,” said Dr. Dupre.

Pathology is also an extremely collaborative effort within the lab with pathologists’ assistants, medical laboratory technologists, medical laboratory assistants and even transcriptionists supporting pathologists in providing diagnoses. Tissues must be grossed, cut, prepared, embedded and stained in order to create the slides that pathologists then examine. The journey of a sample through the pathology laboratory is a very complicated and scientific process with many steps that require precision and careful attention to procedure and quality. Creating the perfect slide of tissue has elements of both science and art as following the immunohistochemistry staining process, which creates reactions between antigens and antibodies to colour-code parts of the specimen for easier detection of disease, tissues are transformed into visually stunning patterns that can provide a stark contrast to the potentially serious diagnosis that may await.

“Pathology is a very important bridge to initiate therapy,” said Dr. Dupre. “Even though we don’t interact with patients directly, everyone in the pathology lab is very aware that people and families are attached to every sample and that there is great impact in the work we do at every stage in a specimen’s journey through pathology.”

 

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MRT Week, November 6 to 12

November 6,16

MRT Week is an annual celebration of the essential role that medical radiation technologists (MRTs) play in the healthcare system. Celebrated this year from November 6 to 12, MRT week is a time to recognize the contributions of these professionals to health care. DSM employs more than 335 dedicated and caring medical radiological staff who complete more than 315,000 imaging procedures each year for rural Manitobans.

To learn more about the MRT profession, visit imageofcare.ca or camrt.ca.

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Sonography Education Day

October 16,16

Philips and DSM are partnering to bring a rewarding educational opportunity to Manitoba radiologists and sonographers.

The event, which is taking place on Saturday, November 5 in Winnipeg, features several presentations by Canadian experts.

Presentations include:

  • Obstetrical Measurements – Taking the mystery out of those daunting growth charts – Janice Scharf, CRGS, ARDMS, Philips Canada
  • It is not About You (Sonographer specific) – Tom Ball, CRGS,  ARDMS, Ultrasound Center, Saskatoon
  • What is an Elastogram – Janice Scharf, CRGS, ARDMS, Philips Canada
  • Ultrasound Screening – Future – Sid Dashefsky MD, FRCP, Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg

CE and CME credits will be provided by Philips. Registration is free and includes a light breakfast, coffee and lunch.

For more information and to register, visit the Sonography Education Day page.

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Choosing Wisely Manitoba Chosen to Participate in Choosing Wisely Canada National Meeting

February 23,16

Choosing Wisely Manitoba will be represented at the Choosing Wisely Canada National Meeting this March, presenting Manitoba’s approach to the appropriate use of diagnostic testing. Read more about Manitoba’s approach and projects – Choosing Wisely Manitoba: A Provincial Approach to the Appropriate Use of Diagnostic Testing

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Canadian Patient Safety Week: October 25-November 1, 2015

October 25,15

In recognition of Canadian Patient Safety Week, DSM wanted to affirm our commitment to the safety and well-being of our patients across Manitoba. We know that we are providing the Results That Matter to doctors and patients because these reports are used to establish diagnoses and make treatment decisions. Our Quality Management Program is complete with many checks and balances to ensure that the test results we provide to doctors and patients are accurate and timely. Likewise, we work closely with our partners in the health authorities, Manitoba Health and other health care organizations to support initiatives designed to provide and improve patient care. We believe it’s important for Manitoba’s patients to know about the role that lab and imaging tests play in their health care. Please click on “Know Your Lab and Imaging” to learn more or watch the video about our Quality Management and Patient Safety Program.

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