Robotic telecytology for remote cytologic evaluation without an on-site cytotechnologist or cytopathologist: An active quality assessment and experience of over 400 cases Journal Article


Authors: Sirintrapun, S. J.; Rudomina, D.; Mazzella, A.; Feratovic, R.; Alago, W.; Siegelbaum, R.; Lin, O.
Article Title: Robotic telecytology for remote cytologic evaluation without an on-site cytotechnologist or cytopathologist: An active quality assessment and experience of over 400 cases
Abstract: Background: The first satellite center to offer interventional radiology procedures at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center opened in October 2014. Two of the procedures offered, fine needle aspirations and core biopsies, required a rapid on-site cytologic evaluation of smears and biopsy touch imprints for cellular content and adequacy. The volume and frequency of such evaluations did not justify hiring on-site cytotechnologists, and therefore, a dynamic robotic telecytology (TC) solution was created. In this article, we provide data on our experience with this active implementation. Sakura VisionTek was selected as our robotic TC solution. Methods: A retrospective analysis of all TC evaluations from this satellite site was performed. Information was collected on demographics, lesion location, imaging modality; a comparison of TC-assisted adequacy with final adequacy was also conducted. Results: An analysis of 439 cases was performed over a period of 23 months with perfect correlation in 92.7% (407/439) of the cases. An adequacy upgrade (inadequate specimen becomes adequate) in 6.6% (29/439) of the cases. An adequacy downgrade (adequate specimen becomes inadequate), is near zero at 0.7% (3/439) of the cases. Conclusions: Dynamic robotic TC is effective for immediate evaluations performed without on-site cytotechnology staff. The overall intent of this article is to present data and concordance rates as outcome metrics. Thus far, such outcome metrics have exceeded our expectations. Our TC implementation shows high, perfect concordance. Adequacy upgrades are minor but more relevant and impressive is a near zero adequacy downgrade. Our full implementation has been so successful that plans are in place for configurations at future satellite sites. © 2017 Journal of Pathology Informatics.
Keywords: robotic; telepathology; quality assessment; telecytology
Journal Title: Journal of Pathology Informatics
Volume: 8
ISSN: 2229-5089
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer - Medknow  
Date Published: 2017-09-07
Start Page: 35
Language: English
DOI: 10.4103/jpi.jpi_25_17
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC5609392
PUBMED: 28966835
DOI/URL:
Notes: Article -- Export Date: 1 October 2018 -- Source: Scopus
Altmetric Score
MSK Authors
  1. William Alago
    25 Alago
  2. Oscar Lin
    231 Lin