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Intrahospital teleradiology--ER to the ICU connection
Author(s): Stefanie Lattner; John M. Herron; Carl R. Fuhrman; Jeffrey D. Towers M.D.; F. Leland Thaete M.D.; David Gur
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Paper Abstract

Availability of initial radiographic images acquired in the Emergency Department (ED) for patients admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has been a problem in our operations. It is not uncommon that images from the ED are delivered to the appropriate ICU several hours after admission, and this problem is typically magnified `off hours'. We installed a film digitizer in the ED and required technologists to digitize all chest radiographs as they came out of the film processor. These images are archived and transmitted to a workstation located near one of our busier medical ICUs. The system has been operational for eight months, and it provides reliable timely access to such images. Careful review of a large number of cases clearly demonstrated that such a system is not only feasible, but extremely effective in improving both perceptions and actual quality of radiology services in this difficult environment. Image quality was found to be acceptable for this purpose.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 1994
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2165, Medical Imaging 1994: PACS: Design and Evaluation, (15 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.174314
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Stefanie Lattner, Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)
John M. Herron, Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)
Carl R. Fuhrman, Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)
Jeffrey D. Towers M.D., Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)
F. Leland Thaete M.D., Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)
David Gur, Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2165:
Medical Imaging 1994: PACS: Design and Evaluation
R. Gilbert Jost M.D., Editor(s)

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