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Anal Cell Pathol (Amst). 2012;35(1):31-6. doi: 10.3233/ACP-2011-0024.

Digital pathology - implementation challenges in low-resource countries.

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National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD 20894, USA. fontelo@nlm.nih.gov

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Medical education in pathology and histology in low-resource countries face many obstacles because of equipment cost and telecommunication deficiencies. Digital Pathology may provide solutions. We report student experience to virtual slides on a local network and a remote image server.

METHODS:

Using an iPad tablet device, fifty 3rd and 4th year medical students viewed digital pathology slides from a Web server at the National Library of Medicine and a mirror server on the local network.

RESULTS:

The quality of images from both servers was found to be satisfactory, but the local server was deemed faster and preferred by the participants in this study (p < 0.005).

CONCLUSIONS:

Virtual slides on a local network server may provide solutions to equipment and technical obstacles and could enhance student learning in developing countries.

PMID:
22233702
PMCID:
PMC4605723
DOI:
10.3233/ACP-2011-0024
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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