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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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Construction of web-based remote diagnosis system using virtual slide for routine pathology slides of the rural hospital in Japan

Ichiro Mori1*, Takashi Ozaki2, Yasuteru Muragaki2, Takatoshi Ibata3, Hiroshi Ueda3, Toshihito Shinagawa4 and Yoshiyuki Osamura1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Pathology, Mita hospital, International University of Health and Welfare, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

2 Department of Pathology, Wakayama Medical University, Wakayama, Japan

3 Shingu Municipal Medical Center, Wakayama, Japan

4 Kawasaki Municipal Ida Hospital, Kanagawa, Japan

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Diagnostic Pathology 2013, 8(Suppl 1):S4  doi:10.1186/1746-1596-8-S1-S4

Published: 30 September 2013

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In recent years, Japan has been short of pathologists. There are about 2,000 board-certified pathologists against 130 million people. Most pathologists are working in the urban area and only few are available in rural regions. Telepathology in Japan developed under these circumstances, mainly for intraoperative frozen section diagnosis where no pathologist is available. We have been performing frozen section telepathology for more than 10 years, and achieved fairly good results [1].