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Telepathology as a method to optimize quality in organ transplantation: a feasibility and reliability study of the virtual benching of pancreas graft.

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Surgical Laboratory C.TOUNTAS, Aretaieion University Hospital of Athens, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA).

Abstract

AIM:

To search feasibility and reliability of Telemedicine Systems (TS) in the procurement of Pancreas Transplantation.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

By an experimental TS, twenty six (n=26) specialists based on a hundred and thirty (N=130) simulated remote image examinations, assessed sensitivity-specificity of the remote examination of Pancreas Graft (PG) about diseases and damages (Virtual Benching=VB).

RESULTS:

Analysis showed: Injuries (sensitivity=100%), injuries of the capsula (sensitivity=84.6%), hematomas (sensitivity=92.3%), non neoplasmatic diseases (specificity=92.3%), tumors (sensitivity=72%).

CONCLUSION:

The VB of PG after retrieval is feasible and reliable for prevention of damaged PG from being sent to the recipient hospital and for transplant planning.

PMID:
23823446
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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