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Business Wire: RedPath Integrated Pathology, Inc. Announces Professional Services Agreement with Allegheny General Hospital

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RedPath Integrated Pathology, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company dedicated to the effective diagnosis of cancer, has announced that it has entered into a professional services agreement with Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), a leading healthcare provider in southwestern Pennsylvania. According to the agreement, pathologists from AGH and West Penn Hospital (WPH) have been trained at RedPath’s state-of-the-art molecular diagnostics laboratory in the diagnosis of pancreatic cyst fluid specimens collected by endoscopic ultrasound-guided, fine needle aspiration (FNA) and analyzed by RedPath’s proprietary PathFinderTG® mutational profiling technology. With the completion of training, the AGH/ WPH pathologists are certified to sign out PathFinderTG (PFTG) results on specimens sent to RedPath from hospitals, medical centers and endoscopy centers located throughout the United States. Additionally, AGH cytopathologists will also perform cytology analyses on these cyst fluids which will allow RedPath to expand further its test menu for pancreatic cysts.

The service agreement will result in several benefits to physicians faced with the challenges of managing patients diagnosed with pancreatic cysts on CT or MRI scans.

  • RedPath is the only clinical laboratory that can provide results from a full menu of molecular (PFTG) and non-molecular tests (CEA, amylase, and cytology) from low-volume pancreatic cyst aspirates.
  • Having all laboratory, cytology, and molecular results in one place for the review by the pathologists at the time of sign-out of these complex cases provides the best opportunity for full integration of all results, a vital step in providing the most accurate diagnosis possible.
  • Combining AGH nationally-recognized cytopathologists with RedPath’s molecular mutational profiling expertise creates a unique opportunity to provide insights into why some pancreatic cystic lesions progress to cancer while many others remain benign.
  • This relationship also sets the stage for collaborative studies in other challenging areas of pathology and oncology such as using mutational profiling to determine the relatedness of multiple tumors.

 

Jan F. Silverman, M.D., Chairman of AGH and WPH Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine commented, “The combination of cytopathology analysis with the molecular diagnostics of pancreatic cyst fluid will allow a better understanding of the nature of the pancreatic cyst and its potential malignant behavior. The pathologists at Allegheny General Hospital and West Penn Hospital look forward to combining our expertise with the state-of-the-art molecular diagnostics offered by RedPath Integrated Pathology.”
 

To read more, visit the BusinessWire website.

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