The Penza Regional Cancer Dispensary has received new equipment - a robotic system for histological and immunohistochemical diagnostics with archiving.
"It is a modern complex for molecular and genetic diagnostics of tumours that provides tumour research from obtaining a tissue sample to analysing high-quality diagnostic images of tumor tissues and cells," explains Anton Stolyarov, deputy chief physician of the Penza Regional Cancer Dispensary. "The system is digital, fully automated, with fuctions of saving and transmission of images".
The equipment was purchased under the "Fight against Cancer" project of the "Healthcare" national project. The complex cost more than 43 million rubles, which were allocated from the federal budget.
"The robotic system is installed in the department of morbid anatomy," says Anton Stolyarov. "The equipment will allow the specialists to diagnose cancer more effectively, to find the primary lesions by metastases, to detect malignant cell transformation and to make a forecast on the course of the tumour disease".
The complex includes a vacuum automatic device for infiltration of samples, a system for drencing tissues with paraffin, a scanning microscope, a cryostat, a device for staining samples, an apparatus for immunohistochemistry assays and a histological table.
The equipment allows the specialists to perform research in compliance with all examination standards and to verify processes in accordance with modern classifications and requirements. The resulting so-called "molecular portrait" of the tumour will allow for targeted and, most importantly, individually chosen treatment that would give good results up to cure.
It should be noted that while the national project lasts until 2024, a total modernisation of the region's oncological institutions is planned. According to the deputy head of the Regional Cancer Dispensary, technologies in oncology are developing very quickly, so there is a need for more and more new devices to deal with the today's tasks.
Photo credit to the Penza Oblast Health Ministry