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Initial experience with a radiology imaging network to newborn and intensive care units
Author(s): Robert M. Witt; Mervyn D. Cohen; C. Robert Appledorn
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Paper Abstract

A digital image network has been installed in the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children on the Indiana University Medical Center to create a limited all digital imaging system. The total system is composed of commercial components, Philips/AT&T CommView system, and connects an existing Philips Computed Radiology (PCR) system to viewing workstations located in the intensive care unit and the new born nursery. The purpose and design of the system is to input the portable chest images from the PCR system, and to display these images at the remote workstations on high resolution monitors for direct viewing by referring clinicians, thus eliminating some of their visits to the radiology department three floors away. The design criteria includes the ability to centrally control all image management functions on the remote workstations to relieve the clinicians from any image management tasks except for recalling patient images. The principal components of the system are the Philips PCR system, the acquisition module (AM), and the PCR interface to the data management module (DMM). Connected to the DMM are a display workstation (DW), a optical disk drive, and a fiber optic to ethernet gateway. The ethernet link is the network connection to the two results viewing stations (RVS) located approximately 100 meters from the DMM. The DMM acts as an image file server and image archive device. The DMM manages the image database and can load images to both the DW's and the two RVS's. The system has met the initial design specifications and can successfully capture images from the PCR and direct them to the RVS's. Additional studies are beginning to determine the optimal image management procedures such as when to archive and purge images from the DMM.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1990
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 1234, Medical Imaging IV: PACS Systems Design and Evaluation, (1 August 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18946
Show Author Affiliations
Robert M. Witt, Indiana Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
Mervyn D. Cohen, Indiana Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
C. Robert Appledorn, Indiana Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1234:
Medical Imaging IV: PACS Systems Design and Evaluation
Samuel J. Dwyer; R. Gilbert Jost, Editor(s)

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