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    Mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) has become a valuable tool in cancer research. Even more, due to its capability to directly link molecular changes with histology, it holds the prospect to revolutionize tissue-based diagnostics. In order to learn to walk before running, however, information obtained through classical histology should not be neglected but rather used to its full capacity and integrated with mass spectrometry data to lead to a superior molecular histology synthesis. In order to achieve this, pathomorphological analyses have to be integrated into MSI analyses right from the beginning to avoid errors and pitfalls of MSI application possibly leading to incorrect or imprecise study outcomes. Such errors can be caused by different sample or tissue inherent factors or through factors in sample preparation. Future studies should, therefore, aim for a comprehensive incorporation of histology and pathology characteristics to ensure the generation of high-quality data in MSI to exploit its full capacity in tissue-based basic and translational research. © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


    K Schwamborn. The Importance of Histology and Pathology in Mass Spectrometry Imaging. Advances in cancer research. 2017;134:1-26

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