Annali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità
Print version ISSN 0021-2571
GIOVAGNOLI, Maria Rosaria; GIARNIERI, Enrico; CARICO, Elisabetta and GIANSANTI, Daniele. How do young and senior cytopathologists interact with digital cytology?. Ann. Ist. Super. Sanità [online]. 2010, vol.46, n.2, pp. 123-129. ISSN 0021-2571. http://dx.doi.org/10.4415/ANN_10_02_04.
Today thanks to the technological advances in information technology the scenario of utilization of digital cytology has radically changed. New competitive systems, such as client-server architectures are now available in digital cytology. Their application in telemedicine should be investigated. A new interactive tool designed for the final destination user (the cytopathologist) has been proposed. Taking into account the different expertise of the subjects of the study, the investigation was focused both on the senior cytopathologist and on the younger student pathologist. The methodology was tested on 10 students of a Master in cytopathology and on 3 senior cytopathologists. The study showed that the use of digital cytology applications is effective and feasible for telediagnosis. In particular, the study on younger and senior expert investigators showed that, although they interacted with the novel technology of the virtual slide in a different manner, all of them reached the objective of a "correct diagnosis". This investigation, in consideration of the effectiveness of the digital cytology, also showed other indirect and tangible cost-beneft and quantitative advantages. In particular for the learning methodologies for the students of the Master itself and for the biomedical personnel involved in diagnosis.
Keywords : telemedicine; digital cytology; tele-pathology.