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Teleradiology costs in a rural area
Author(s): William J. Chimiak
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Paper Abstract

There have been several excellent papers providing architectures for teleradiology. Effective teleradiology systems can be fielded today. However, cost issues arise which easily blur a decision to deploy a teleradiology system for a given hospital or regional hospital system. In this paper, a T1 infrastructure is assumed that is comprised of dedicated T1 links as well as fractional T1 links. The effects of teleconferencing are included in the analysis. Plots of the telecommunication costs provide visualization of the cost and performance issues as a function of varying degrees teleradiology and teleconference utilization. 1993 tariffs in North Carolina will be used as a baseline to arrive at some basic teleradiology cost plots and metrics. The graphs are produced by gnuplot that is freely available on many anonymous ftp sites and runs on Unix workstations as well as personal computers. The plotting commands used for the graphs are available at The Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University anonymous ftp site.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2165, Medical Imaging 1994: PACS: Design and Evaluation, (15 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.174352
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William J. Chimiak, Bowman Gray School of Medicine/Wake Forest Univ. (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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