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Individualized grid-enabled mammographic training system
Author(s): M. H. Yap; A. G. Gale
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Paper Abstract

The PERFORMS self-assessment scheme measures individuals skills in identifying key mammographic features on sets of known cases. One aspect of this is that it allows radiologists' skills to be trained, based on their data from this scheme. Consequently, a new strategy is introduced to provide revision training based on mammographic features that the radiologist has had difficulty with in these sets. To do this requires a lot of random cases to provide dynamic, unique, and up-to-date training modules for each individual. We propose GIMI (Generic Infrastructure in Medical Informatics) middleware as the solution to harvest cases from distributed grid servers. The GIMI middleware enables existing and legacy data to support healthcare delivery, research, and training. It is technology-agnostic, data-agnostic, and has a security policy. The trainee examines each case, indicating the location of regions of interest, and completes an evaluation form, to determine mammographic feature labelling, diagnosis, and decisions. For feedback, the trainee can choose to have immediate feedback after examining each case or batch feedback after examining a number of cases. All the trainees' result are recorded in a database which also contains their trainee profile. A full report can be prepared for the trainee after they have completed their training. This project demonstrates the practicality of a grid-based individualised training strategy and the efficacy in generating dynamic training modules within the coverage/outreach of the GIMI middleware. The advantages and limitations of the approach are discussed together with future plans.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7264, Medical Imaging 2009: Advanced PACS-based Imaging Informatics and Therapeutic Applications, 72640V (13 March 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.810728
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M. H. Yap, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)
A. G. Gale, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7264:
Medical Imaging 2009: Advanced PACS-based Imaging Informatics and Therapeutic Applications
Khan M. Siddiqui; Brent J. Liu, Editor(s)

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