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Analytical Cellular Pathology
Volume 20 (2000), Issue 1, Pages 33-39

Combining Dynamic and Static Robotic Telepathology: A Report on 184 Consecutive Cases of Frozen Sections, Histology and Cytology

Vincenzo Della Mea, Palmina Cataldi, Barbara Pertoldi, and Carlo A. Beltrami

Institute of Pathology, University of Udine, Italy

Received 1 July 1999; Accepted 4 February 2000

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The aim of this paper is to describe the experiments carried out to evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of a dynamic‐robotic telepathology system for the delivery of pathology services to distant hospitals. The system provides static/dynamic features and the remote control of a robotized microscope over 4 ISDN lines. For evaluation purposes, 184 consecutive cases of frozen sections (60), gastrointestinal pathology (64), and urinary cytology (60) have been diagnosed at a distance using the system, and the telediagnosis obtained in this way has been compared with the traditional microscopic diagnosis. Diagnostic agreement ranged from 90% in urinary cytology to 100% in frozen sections. The results obtained suggest that such a system can be considered a useful tool for supporting the pathology practice in isolated hospitals.