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doi: https://doi.org/10.4132/jptm.2020.08.27    [Epub ahead of print]
Recommendations for pathologic practice using digital pathology: consensus report of the Korean Society of Pathologists
Yosep Chong1 , Dae Cheol Kim2 , Chan Kwon Jung1 , Dong-chul Kim3 , Sang Yong Song4 , Hee Jae Joo5 , Sang-Yeop Yi6 , Medical Informatics Study Group of the Korean Society of Pathologists
1Department of Hospital Pathology, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
2Department of Pathology, Dong-A University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea
3Department of Pathology, Seoul Clinical Laboratories, Yongin, Korea
4Department of Pathology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
5Department of Pathology, TCM Laboratory, Seongnam, Korea
6Department of Pathology, Catholic Kwandong University College of Medicine, Gangneung, Korea
Corresponding Author: Sang-Yeop Yi ,Tel: +82-32-290-2972, Fax: +82-32-290-3440, Email: pathysy@naver.com
Received: July 14, 2020;  Accepted: August 27, 2020.  Published online: October 8, 2020.
Digital pathology (DP) using whole slide imaging (WSI) is becoming a fundamental issue in pathology with recent advances and the rapid development of associated technologies. However, the available evidence on its diagnostic uses and practical advice for pathologists on implementing DP remains insufficient, particularly in light of the exponential growth of this industry. To inform DP implementation in Korea, we developed relevant and timely recommendations. We first performed a literature review of DP guidelines, recommendations, and position papers from major countries, as well as a review of relevant studies validating WSI. Based on that information, we prepared a draft. After several revisions, we released this draft to the public and the members of the Korean Society of Pathologists through our homepage and held an open forum for interested parties. Through that process, this final manuscript has been prepared. This recommendation contains an overview describing the background, objectives, scope of application, and basic terminology; guidelines and considerations for the hardware and software used in DP systems and the validation required for DP implementation; conclusions; and references and appendices, including literature on DP from major countries and WSI validation studies.
Key Words: Digital pathology; Guideline; Recommendations; Whole slide image; Quality; Validation