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This article is part of the supplement: Proceedings of the 11th European Congress on Telepathology and 5th International Congress on Virtual Microscopy

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Telepathology consultation in China using whole slide image and an internet based platform

Chen Zhou1*, Amir Rahemtulla1, Liu Tong Hua2 and Huaqiang Shi3

  • * Corresponding author: Chen Zhou

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Pathology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

2 Department of Pathology, Peking Union Medical College , Beijing, China

3 Department of Pathology, General Hospital of Air Force, Beijing, China

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Diagnostic Pathology 2013, 8(Suppl 1):S10  doi:10.1186/1746-1596-8-S1-S10

Published: 30 September 2013

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

Telepathology is a particularly useful pathological tool suitable for developing countries such as China, which generates a large number of pathology specimens each year due to the size of its population but has a shortage of well trained and experienced pathologists in primary cares hospitals and hospitals within under-developed regions. Pathologists in these hospitals often have difficulty diagnosing challenging pathology cases. Telepathology, especially second opinion or teleconsultation is one of the solutions to this problem [1-3]. We reported an internet based open telepathology consultation platform using whole slide images (WSI) in China. The results from the telepathology consultation service since inception have been analyzed and summarized for this publication. We believe that our experiences will help to promote telepathology in China and in other developing countries.