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Demonstration of medical communications based on an ATM broadband network technology
Author(s): Jerome R. Cox; G. James Blaine; Martin W. Dubetz; Kenneth Krieger; R. Gilbert Jost; Stephen M. Moore; William David Richard; Jonathan S. Turner; Albert Winterbauer
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Paper Abstract

The research and development efforts of several university and industry groups have brought digital imaging technologies into the practice of medicine. Radiographic images based on a digital data set can now be acquired, stored, communicated and presented for both primary interpretation and access by the referring physician. Moreover, conferences between a specialist and a primary care physician can be supported with audio and video links. A demonstration project at Washington University in collaboration with Southwestern Bell and NEC-America provides a testbed for deployment of ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) broadband network technology supporting both LAN and WAN experiments in multimedia medical communications. A network based on four geographically dispersed ATM switches supports rapid display of high-resolution medical images, patient information, digital video and digitized real-time physiological signals at channel rates of 100 Mb/s. A prototype configuration of an Inquiry station is based on the NeXT computer with auxiliary displays for the medical images. Observations and preliminary performance results will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1992
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1654, Medical Imaging VI: PACS Design and Evaluation, (1 July 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.60258
Show Author Affiliations
Jerome R. Cox, Washington Univ. (United States)
G. James Blaine, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology/Washington Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
Martin W. Dubetz, Washington Univ. (United States)
Kenneth Krieger, Washington Univ. (United States)
R. Gilbert Jost, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology/Washington Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
Stephen M. Moore, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology/Washington Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
William David Richard, Washington Univ. (United States)
Jonathan S. Turner, Washington Univ. (United States)
Albert Winterbauer, Southwestern Bell Technology Resources, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1654:
Medical Imaging VI: PACS Design and Evaluation
R. Gilbert Jost, Editor(s)

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