The requirements of remote, collaborative image review sessions, such as those required to run a remote interval cancer review, are variable and demand a flexible and configurable software solution that is not currently available on commercial workstations. The wide range of requirements for both collection and remote review of interval cancers has precipitated the creation of extensible medical image viewers and accompanying systems.
In order to allow remote viewing, an application has been designed to allow workstation-independent, PACS-less viewing and interaction with medical images in a remote, collaborative manner, providing centralised reporting and web-based feedback. A semi-automated process, which allows the centralisation of interval cancer cases, has been developed. This stand-alone, flexible image collection toolkit provides the extremely important function of bespoke, ad-hoc image collection at sites where there is no dedicated hardware.
Web interfaces have been created which allow a national or regional administrator to organise, coordinate and administer interval cancer review sessions and deploy invites to session members to participate. The same interface allows feedback to be analysed and distributed.
The eICR provides a uniform process for classifying interval cancers across the NHSBSP, which facilitates rapid access to a robust 'external' review for patients and their relatives seeking answers about why their cancer was 'missed'.