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RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3

Digital pathology: Attitudes and practices in the Canadian pathology community


1 Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
2 Department of Laboratory Medicine and the Keenan Research Centre in the Li KaShing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Canada
3 Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Calgary, and Calgary Laboratory Services, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
4 Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada
5 Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto; Department of Laboratory Medicine and the Keenan Research Centre in the Li KaShing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Canada
6 Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto; Department of Laboratory Medicine and the Keenan Research Centre in the Li KaShing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital and Department of Laboratory Medicine, St. Michael's, Toronto, ON, M5B 1W8, Canada

Correspondence Address:
George M Yousef
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto; Department of Laboratory Medicine and the Keenan Research Centre in the Li KaShing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital and Department of Laboratory Medicine, St. Michael's, Toronto, ON, M5B 1W8
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DOI: 10.4103/2153-3539.108540

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Digital pathology is a rapidly evolving niche in the world of pathology and is likely to increase in popularity as technology improves. We performed a questionnaire for pathologists and pathology residents across Canada, in order to determine their current experiences and attitudes towards digital pathology; which modalities digital pathology is best suited for; and to assess the need for training in digital pathology amongst pathology residents and staff. An online survey consisting of 24 yes/no, multiple choice and free text questions regarding digital pathology was sent out via E-mail to all members of the Canadian Association of Pathologists and pathology residents across Canada. Survey results showed that telepathology (TP) is used in approximately 43% of institutions, primarily for teaching purposes (65%), followed by operating room consults (46%). Seventy-one percent of respondents believe there is a need for TP in their practice; 85% use digital images in their practice. The top two favored applications for digital pathology are teaching and consultation services, with the main advantage being easier access to cases. The main limitations of using digital pathology are cost and image/diagnostic quality. Sixty-two percent of respondents would attend training courses in pathology informatics and 91% think informatics should be part of residency training. The results of the survey indicate that Pathologists and residents across Canada do see a need for TP and the use of digital images in their daily practice. Integration of an informatics component into resident training programs and courses for staff Pathologists would be welcomed.


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