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Remote endoscopy of otorhinolaryngology patients
Author(s): Gjermund Hartviksen; Steinar Pedersen
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Paper Abstract

Present-day technology enables transmission of high quality images via telecommunication networks at an acceptable price. This enables the transfer of medical images. In our project we work on the development of a remote consultation service for diagnosis of otorhinolaryngology patients. This is done by integrating endoscopic equipment with a network of conference studios operated by Norwegian Telecom. Signals from a video camera attached to the endoscope are compressed and digitized by a video codec prior to transmission to a remote institution via a 2 Mbit/s circuit. The receiver can see the endoscopic examination on a monitor and influence the control and movement of the endoscope by communicating over two-way sound and picture connection with the person operating it. The challenge is to tailor a new service based upon two separate types of technology, i.e., endoscopic and telecommunication technology. Both these technical systems work well alone, but can they work together to solve a medical need? The development of remote consultation services is dependent on both technology and the ambient conditions. The article is based on our actual tests and has its focus on technology description and preliminary results from our experience with remote diagnosing and diagnostic reliability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1992
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1649, Optical Fibers in Medicine VII, (1 August 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.60236
Show Author Affiliations
Gjermund Hartviksen, Norwegian Telecom Research (Norway)
Steinar Pedersen, Univ. Hospital/Tromso (Norway)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1649:
Optical Fibers in Medicine VII
Abraham Katzir, Editor(s)

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