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Diagn Pathol. 2006 Oct 11;1:36.

A web-based system for tissue microarray data management.

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Medical Informatics and telemedicine Lab, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Udine, Italy. dellamea@dimi.uniud.it

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Tissue Microarray is a novel technique for analysing large amounts of immunohistochemically stained specimens. However, those large amounts make it difficult to design, prepare and analyze a tissue microarray, so that software support is almost inevitable.

METHODS:

We designed a tissue microarray data management system starting from specifications obtained by pathologists, and arranged for a preliminary validation in thyroid pathology.

RESULTS:

A web-based system has been developed, basing on open-source software and principles, that was well accepted by pathologists and allowed to carry out a study on 52 thyroid pathology cases.

CONCLUSION:

Though limited in functionalities, the developed system is effective and can be downloaded at the address http://mitel.dimi.uniud.it/timan/.

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