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A Skeptical Look At A (DIGITAL) Sacred Cow
Author(s): Joel E. Gray; Philip R. Karsell; Gilbert P. Becker; Dale G. Gehring
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Paper Abstract

Digital imaging in one form or another is being used for virtually every aspect of medical imaging. Many are predicting that the diagnostic department of the future will be entirely digital. However, upon careful consideration, many questions remain to be answered concerning the monumental quantities of digital data which must be acquired, processed, transmitted, displayed, stored, and recalled. In order to be acceptable to the clinician the digital systems of the future must be able to produce images with image quality which is at least as good as that presently available, at costs similar to those incurred in today's imaging environment, and with the same ease of use as the clinician experiences today. If future digital systems only meet these goals without providing additional significant benefits then one must wonder if digital imaging will ever be adopted as the sole means of image acquisition, display, and storage. This paper attempts to answer the question--is the total digital medical imaging department of the future a dream or a nightmare?

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 1984
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0486, Medical Imaging and Instrumentation '84, (28 August 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.943214
Show Author Affiliations
Joel E. Gray, Mayo Clinic and Foundation (United States)
Philip R. Karsell, Mayo Clinic and Foundation (United States)
Gilbert P. Becker, Mayo Clinic and Foundation (United States)
Dale G. Gehring, Mayo Clinic and Foundation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0486:
Medical Imaging and Instrumentation '84
James A. Mulvaney, Editor(s)

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