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Obtaining adequate tissue during kidney biopsies is vital. Traditionally assessed using microscopy, radiology departments and health systems are having a harder time allocating resources to this. We performed a prospective study of 20 adults who underwent kidney biopsies in the department of interventional radiology at Geisinger Medical Center, in Pennsylvania. We compared adequacy assessments made using a smartphone photo and microscopic evaluation by trained pathology technologists. This demonstrated excellent agreement between the assessments. This simple, low-cost, and easily reproducible technique needs multi-center validation.

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A simple, low-cost way to evaluate kidney biopsy adequacy in resource-constrained health systems

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This page is a summary of: Use of a Smartphone Camera at the Bedside to Assess Adequacy of Kidney Biopsies, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, September 2021, American Society of Nephrology,
DOI: 10.1681/asn.2021070898.
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