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DSM Microbiology Newsletter – September 2017

16th Nov, 2017

The Diagnostic Services Manitoba (DSM) Microbiology Discipline Team has issued its latest Micro Notes Newsletter on the topic of Micro Notes – Improved Accessibility and Utilization of the DSM Antibiogram Theres an App for That (2)


Celebrating Medical Radiation Technologists Week (November 5-11, 2017)

6th Nov, 2017

This week is Medical Radiation Technologist’s Week, a fantastic reminder to recognize and celebrate the significant role our MRTs play in our province’s health care system. MRTs are highly skilled health care professionals dedicated to ensuring the optimum standard of care and treatment of the patient. In Manitoba alone there are over 850 registered members […]


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.


Investigation for Malaria and Other Blood Parasites

January 25,18

https://dsmanitoba.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/CPC-HEM-2018-0125.pdf


 

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Investigation for Malaria and Other Blood Parasites

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Investigation for Malaria and Other Blood Parasites

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DSM Microbiology Newsletter – September 2017

November 16,17

The Diagnostic Services Manitoba (DSM) Microbiology Discipline Team has issued its latest Micro Notes Newsletter on the topic of Micro Notes – Improved Accessibility and Utilization of the DSM Antibiogram Theres an App for That (2)

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Celebrating Medical Radiation Technologists Week (November 5-11, 2017)

November 6,17

This week is Medical Radiation Technologist’s Week, a fantastic reminder to recognize and celebrate the significant role our MRTs play in our province’s health care system. MRTs are highly skilled health care professionals dedicated to ensuring the optimum standard of care and treatment of the patient. In Manitoba alone there are over 850 registered members of the professional association.

Technologists and Therapists practice medical applications in one or more of four currently recognized disciplines; Medical Radiological Technology (also known as X-ray Techs), Nuclear Medicine Technology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology and Radiation Therapy. Medical Radiation Technology is a science that is based on advanced technology and human compassion. As an integral part of the medical team, MRTs use their knowledge of physics, human anatomy and physiology, and radiation to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.  They are the technologists who perform diagnostic imaging examinations and administer radiation therapy treatments. Simply said, if you have ever had an x-ray, scan, MRI, nuclear medicine procedure or radiation therapy, you have been in contact with an MRT. Technologists also work in interventional radiology, assisting with procedures that use imaging to guide catheters, balloons, stents and other tools through the body to diagnose and treat disease without open surgery.

DSM wishes to extend its sincere appreciation to all MRTs who work in Manitoba.

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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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