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Himage PACS: a new approach to storage, integration, and distribution of cardiologic images
Author(s): Carlos M. Costa; Augusto Silva; Jose L. Oliveira; Vasco Gama Ribeiro; Jose Ribeiro
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a Cardiology oriented information system that provides permanent availability of all clinical history, including alphanumeric and image data, with time and cost-effective transmission (reduced download time), without loss of image diagnosis quality and based on a Web Multimedia Integrated Access Interface. This implies the integration of HIS and PACS in a unique access interface, providing on-line and fast access to authorized healthcare professionals. The benefits obtained from the HIS-PACS integration and from the availability of all historical patient data are unquestionable to practitioners but also to the patients. Moreover, the system includes a telematic platform capable of establishing cooperative telemedicine sessions where our most impressive utilization is a transcontinental work platform for cardiovascular ultrasound. The key point of our approach starts with the construction of a DICOM private transfer syntax that is prepared to support any video encoder installed on a Windows-based station. With this structure it is possible to select the best encoder to a specific modality and work scenario. Good trade-off between compression ratio and diagnostic quality, low network traffic load, backup facilities and data portability are other achievements of this system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 April 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5371, Medical Imaging 2004: PACS and Imaging Informatics, (19 April 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.534135
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Carlos M. Costa, Univ. de Aveiro (Portugal)
Augusto Silva, Univ. de Aveiro (Portugal)
Jose L. Oliveira, Univ. de Aveiro (Portugal)
Vasco Gama Ribeiro, Ctr. Hospitalar de Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal)
Jose Ribeiro, Ctr. Hospitalar de Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5371:
Medical Imaging 2004: PACS and Imaging Informatics
Osman M. Ratib; H. K. Huang, Editor(s)

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