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An Official Publication of the Indian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists


 
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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 178-182
Current status and future trends in telepathology and digital pathology


1 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Sri Aurbindo College of Dentistry, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, VSPM's Dental College, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Conservative Dentistry, Sri Aurbindo College of Dentistry, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Trupti Dinesh Chordia
Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Sri Aurbindo College of Dentistry, Indore - 453 555, Madhya Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0973-029X.185924

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the current status and future trends in telepathology (TP) and digital pathology (DP) in central India. Materials and Methods: A self-constructed questionnaire including 12 questions was designed with five specialists, to improve the design ambiguity. The study was conducted through postal and online survey consisting of 12 questions and sent to 300 histopathologists. Results: A total of 247 histopathologists answered the survey. The overall response rate was 81%. 98% pathologists felt the need for TP and DP. 34% pathologists used digital photomicrographic images in routine practice. Utilization of DP in most efficient way was observed by 48% pathologists mainly for the purpose of teaching in academic institutions. 82% believed that TP is helpful to take an expert opinion whereas only26% believed that a second opinion has to be taken. With respect to limitations, 67% pathologists believed that its cost-effective whereas 51% revealed high use of TP in next 5 years. Conclusions: Our survey shows that as the field evolves, pathologists are more towards welcoming TP and DP, provided frequent workshops and training programs are conducted. The results of this survey indicates that pathology staff across central India currently utilize gross digital images for educational or academic purposes. They also revealed that technology will be required in near future applications in academics, consultation and for medico-legal purposes.


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