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Telepathology as a method to optimize quality in organ transplantation: a feasibility and reliability study of the virtual benching of liver 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 Liver 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 Liver Graft (LG) about diseases and damages (Virtual Benching=VB).

RESULTS:

Analysis showed: injuries (sensitivity=96%), injuries of the capsula (sensitivity=91.7%), hematomas (sensitivity=91,7%), non neplasmatic diseases (specificity=100%), tumors (sensitivity=100%).

CONCLUSION:

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

PMID:
23823447
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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