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International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
Volume 2009, Article ID 740712, 9 pages
Review Article

Telepathology and Optical Biopsy

Faculty of Medicine, University of La Laguna, 38071 Canary Islands, Spain

Received 18 March 2009; Revised 21 October 2009; Accepted 25 December 2009

Academic Editor: Fei Hu

Copyright © 2009 Olga Ferrer-Roca. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The ability to obtain information about the structure of tissue without taking a sample for pathology has opened the way for new diagnostic techniques. The present paper reviews all currently available techniques capable of producing an optical biopsy, with or without morphological images. Most of these techniques are carried out by physicians who are not specialized in pathology and therefore not trained to interpret the results as a pathologist would. In these cases, the use of telepathology or distant consultation techniques is essential.