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Telemedicine systems in organ transplantation: a feasibility and reliability study of the integrated teleradiological and tele-pathological evaluation of renal graft.

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

Abstract

AIM:

To determine feasibility and reliability of the integrated Tele-Radiological (TRE) and Tele-Pathological (TPE) evaluation of the Renal Graft (RG) on Telemedicine Systems (TS).

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

A sensitivity-specificity analysis by a simulation of the TRE of RG on 15 MR abdominal images by a radiologist and of the TPE of RG by 26 specialists based on 130 human RG images assessing damages and lesions.

RESULTS:

The integrated analysis of TRE and TPE of RG showed: Sensitivity=96.7%, Specificity=100% and Accuracy=97.6%.

CONCLUSION:

The TRE integrated with the TPE of RG is feasible and reliable for RG transplant decision support and planning.

PMID:
23823448
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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