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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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A visual model approach to extract regions of interest in microscopical images of basal cell carcinoma

Ricardo Gutiérrez and Eduardo Romero*

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CIM&LAB – Telemedicine Centre, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Carrera 30 No. 45-03, Medicine Faculty, Building 471, Bogotá, Colombia

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Diagnostic Pathology 2013, 8(Suppl 1):S36  doi:10.1186/1746-1596-8-S1-S36

Published: 30 September 2013

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The virtual microscopy is a discipline that emulates the interaction between an expert with a microscopical sample upon a high resolution digital slide [1]. This type of technology is used for medical training and medical education, but so far it has been exclusively used in research environments because of the large computational requirements [2]. For instance, after digitizing 1cm2 of a physical slide at a level of ×20 magnification, the resulting virtual slide amounts to a 4GB [3], that must be processed, transmitted, explored and analyzed in real time. This picture can be even worsen since a typical laboratory takes hundreds of slides each week [4].