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New Intraoperative Consultation Suite Opens on 8 South

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will provide consultations from a new 800-square-foot suite equipped with state-of-the-art workstations and technology phased in to deliver streaming video images right to the operating room.

The Intraoperative Consultation suite, located on the 8th floor of the South Tower, processed its first specimen on Aug. 20 – the culmination of five years of planning and construction. Cedars-Sinai’s Intraoperative Consultation Service, staffed by the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, provides more than 3,600 consultations for surgical services each year. The new facility is a centralized modern laboratory replacing multiple small laboratory facilities tucked into operating room areas.

“Our new consultation suite is an important tool to aid us in providing our clinician colleagues and their patients the highest quality subspecialty experience,” said Mahul B. Amin, M.D., chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. “The suite will also be instrumental in our efforts to create a campus-wide biorepository accrual facility.”

The suite is equipped with multiple workstations for macroscopic examination, prosection and tissue selection; cryostats with the ability to handle multiple specimens arriving to the lab at once; and multiple dual-headed microscopes. In addition, the suite will allow for streaming video images to be sent to operating rooms that are wired. Static images can be captured and posted to off-site subspecialists. Subspecialty pathologists will be available for real-time consultation, also.

The suite will support the department’s commitment to developing a campus-wide biospecimen accrual facility. One of the suite’s workstations is dedicated to this mission, with the ability to “snap freeze” tissue for optimum preservation for molecular and scientific analyses.

For questions about the new suite, please contact Vladimir Kazarov, Anatomic Pathology manager, at (310) 423-4739.

A view of the microscopic work stations with streaming video monitors.