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Telemedicine systems in organ transplantation: a feasibility and reliability study of the integrated teleradiological and tele-pathological evaluation 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 determine feasibility and reliability of the integrated Tele-Radiological (TRE) and Tele-Pathological (TPE) evaluation of the Liver Graft (LG) on Telemedicine Systems (TS).

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

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

RESULTS:

The integrated analysis of TRE and TPE of LG showed: Sensitivity=96.6%, Specificity=100% and Accuracy=97.5%.

CONCLUSION:

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

PMID:
23823450
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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