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An analysis of 46 static telecytology cases over a period of two years

In Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
By: Jialdasani R.
Contributor(s): Chinoy RF | Kane SV | Ramadwar M | Sheth T | Deshpande R | Kothari A | Gupta M | sangeetabdesai@rediffmail.com | Desai S.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSeries: Vol 12 Issues 6.Publisher: 2006Description: 311-314.Subject(s): Static telecytology | DDC classification: In: Journal of Telemedicine and TelecareSummary: We analysed 46 telecytology cases sent from two rural hospitals about 500 km from a tertiary cancer centre. The cases were submitted for second opinion over a period of two years and evaluated using a static store and forward telecytology approach. A total of 715 digital images were studied (average 15 per case). Forty-one of the 46 cases (89%) were reported within 3 days and 54% of cases were reported within one working day. The aspiration smears and images were found to be of diagnosable quality in 89 and 93% of the cases, respectively. The diagnostic concordance was assessed by comparing the telecytology diagnosis, glass slide diagnosis and final histopathology diagnosis (when available). A clinically useful diagnosis was rendered in 91% cases with 74% complete concordance. Five out of 46 cases (11%) were deferred for glass slide review. Store and forward telecytology using the Internet is a rapid and effective method of providing expert diagnosis in cytology
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We analysed 46 telecytology cases sent from two rural hospitals about 500 km from a tertiary cancer centre. The cases were submitted for second opinion over a period of two years and evaluated using a static store and forward telecytology approach. A total of 715 digital images were studied (average 15 per case). Forty-one of the 46 cases (89%) were reported within 3 days and 54% of cases were reported within one working day. The aspiration smears and images were found to be of diagnosable quality in 89 and 93% of the cases, respectively. The diagnostic concordance was assessed by comparing the telecytology diagnosis, glass slide diagnosis and final histopathology diagnosis (when available). A clinically useful diagnosis was rendered in 91% cases with 74% complete concordance. Five out of 46 cases (11%) were deferred for glass slide review. Store and forward telecytology using the Internet is a rapid and effective method of providing expert diagnosis in cytology

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