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Handheld access to radiology teaching files: an automated system for format conversion and content creation
Author(s): Raghav Raman; Lalithakala Raman; Bhargav Raman; Garry Gold; Christopher F. Beaulieu
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Paper Abstract

Current handheld Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) can be used to view radiology teaching files. We have developed a toolkit that allows rapid creation of radiology teaching files in handheld formats from existing repositories. Our toolkit incorporated a desktop converter, a web conversion server and an application programming interface (API). Our API was integrated with an existing pilot teaching file database. We evaluated our system by obtaining test DICOM and JPEG images from our PACS system, our pilot database and from personal collections and converting them on a Windows workstation (Microsoft, Redmond, CA) and on other platforms using the web server. Our toolkit anonymized, annotated and categorized images using DICOM header information and data entered by the authors. Image processing was automatically customized for the target handheld device. We used freeware handheld image viewers as well as our custom applications that allowed window/level manipulation and viewing of additional textual information. Our toolkit provides desktop and web access to image conversion tools to produce organized handheld teaching file packages for most handheld devices and our API allows existing teaching file databases to incorporate handheld compatibility. The distribution of radiology teaching files on PDAs can increase the accessibility to radiology teaching.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4681, Medical Imaging 2002: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display, (17 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.466928
Show Author Affiliations
Raghav Raman, Stanford Univ. School of Medicine (United States)
Lalithakala Raman, Stanford Univ. School of Medicine (United States)
Bhargav Raman, Stanford Univ. School of Medicine (United States)
Garry Gold, Stanford Univ. School of Medicine (United States)
Christopher F. Beaulieu, Stanford Univ. School of Medicine (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4681:
Medical Imaging 2002: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display
Seong Ki Mun, Editor(s)

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