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Virtual reality in pathology.

Reproducibility in the diagnosis of needle core biopsies of non-palpable breast lesions: An international study using virtual slides published on the world-wide web.

This site provides access to the virtual slides which were used in the study. Professor Ian Ellis of the Department of Histopathology, University of Nottingham, UK acted as referee. The diagnoses were classified according to the "UK National Coordinating Committee for Breast Screening Pathology" diagnostic categories which are endorsed by "The European Commission Working Group on Breast Screening Pathology".

How to access the virtual slides

The viewing of these slides requires Apple's QuickTime software which is available for both Windows and Macintosh. To navigate the slides, click and move the mouse or trackball. To magnify and demagnify, press “shift” and “ctrl” respectively. By clicking on the case number (labelled and underlined at the foot of the preview), the diagnosis appears


This study was led by principal investigator Francesco Alfredo Zito of the Department of Pathology, National Cancer Institute “ Giovanni Paolo II” Bari, Italy. Francesco Pacoda and Michael Kolk have contributed to the creation of this web page.

Francesco Pacoda - IRCCS Bari