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Low-cost medical image storage and manipulation using optical disk subsystems
Author(s): William V. Glenn Jr.; Peter S. Marx
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Paper Abstract

Traditionally, medical imaging has required large capital investments into workstations and storage subsystems. Many vendors have chosen to offer proprietary systems which are expensive to develop and costly to the institutions which purchase them. Our experience has been that this is unnecessary; most traditional imaging functions in the digital modalities of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MM) can be performed using off-the-shelf hardware with relatisely inexpensive software. In order to reduce the cost of medical imaging, our approach has been to choose computers and storage subsystems that are efficient, inexpensive, and easy-to-use (after all, the users are interested in practicing medicine, not computer science.) With these goals in mind, we chose to use a general purpose computer (the Apple Macintosh Ilci) with two types of high-capacity optical storage devices (both magneto-optical and write once, read multiple (WORM) disc subsystems.) We have developed a powerful, yet user-friendly medical imaging workstation oriented towards radiologists, orthopadic surgeons, neurosurgeons, and other users of medical images. In addition to providing inexpensive storage, the workstation is capable of multiplanar reformatting (MPR), 3D MM angiography, and other image processing functions. The resulting images may be annotated, windowed, and filmed on to 14x17" radiology film for presentation to the referring physicians and their patients. This system can be considered to be a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) for private physicians and small clinics; further, it is small enough for desktop environments and inexpensive enough for clinicians to purchase.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1990
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1248, Storage and Retrieval Systems and Applications, (1 August 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19654
Show Author Affiliations
William V. Glenn Jr., Harbor/UCLA Diagnostic Imaging Ctr. (United States)
Peter S. Marx, Harbor/UCLA Diagnostic Imaging Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1248:
Storage and Retrieval Systems and Applications
David H. Davies; Han-Ping D. Shieh, Editor(s)

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