Smart technology and solutions have been rapidly advancing throughout the past few years, making their way into laboratories and improving the work of pathologists. This technological revolution, however, is far from over. Drone technology has proven to hold much potential in the delivery of packages, mail, and pathology samples. Pathology drone delivery services are now quickly developing.

This past September, John Hopkins researchers have flown blood samples, in a commercially available drone, over 161 miles of desert. The flight, lasting a duration of three hours, kept the samples compliant, meaning that they were still viable for analysis after the journey. In fact, they performed better, and remained cooler, than control samples stored on the ground.

However, development is not strictly inherent to research. Marnett, a startup company, plans to begin operationally deploying their drone delivery service in Switzerland.

All being said, drone development is still in its infancy. Pilots are required to fly, batteries limit range, and the platform itself can only carry a lighter payload. The future will continue to provide innovative solutions to combat these limitations, such as Marnett’s drone docking station has already begun.