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What is the Smart Tissue Camera?

The Smart Tissue Camera is an AI-assisted grossing tool for simple biopsy imaging and measuring. This camera works with Lumea’s tissue transportation devices in the surgery center or the lab. It uses machine learning to localize, count, and measure each tissue fragment and provide a gross description that can auto-populate into a template within the LIS. 

A picture of Lumea's Smart Tissue Camera with an RFID scanner

What is its environmental impact?

Recycle outdated or broken cameras by returning them to Lumea.

What specimens can it gross?

  • General Surgery or Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Biopsies (EBX, EGJBX, STBX, COBX, RBX)
  • Gynecological outpatient specimen collection or cervical biopsies (CXBX), ectocervical curettage (ECC), labial and vaginal biopsies, and skin tag removals
  • Small dermatology and dental clinic specimens, SCC/BCC marginal scouting, mucosal biopsies, and tongue biopsies
  • Ophthalmology biopsies as conjunctival biopsies, lens submission, and other small tissue on stability or papers for visibility in the clear 10% NBF
  • Dermatology shave and punch specimens

A picture of the digital pathology AI grossing outline around tissue in a cassette

Who can use the camera?

The camera can be used at the procedure site or in the laboratory. When used at the procedure, lab personnel validate the image when they receive the specimen.

Can it do larger specimens?

Our Research and Development department is currently working on a version for larger specimens.

Do I need to use Lumea’s software to be able to use it?

Lumea’s simple and easy-to-use software integrates into any existing LIS, allowing grossing staff to use the camera and transfer completed gross statements automatically back into the existing LIS report.

A view of what the Smart Tissue Camera grossing looks like in an LIS

What are the benefits of using the Smart Tissue Camera?

  1. Machine learning auto-measures and documents tissue that populates into a template or MACRO, saving valuable time.
  2. When used at the procedure site, it becomes an asset in the chain of custody tracking. Labs can use the image taken at the procedure site as extra verification.
  3. The microtomist can compare the block appearance to the grossing image as a quality assurance step to verify the full face of the specimen.
  4. The camera limits tissue handling during grossing to reduce cross-contamination.


A 12-core prostate biopsy case can take anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. Using Lumea technology, the same case can be accessioned and grossed in five to ten minutes. “We used to have to dictate into a microphone the numbers as we hand measured each specimen. Now, we put the specimen into this little camera and it does all the work for us,” said Ann Mazurco, a histotechnologist.

Learn more about what the Smart Tissue Camera can do for your practice by reading our article on how it can improve accessioning and grossing.

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