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1 August 1990 Multimedia medical communication with ISDN technologies: early experiences
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ISDN provides the end user with a large number of services and the flexibility to easily modify the services they receive as their communications needs grow and change. It is our goal to use the advantages of the ISDNtechnology for a medical end user by supporting him with integrated image/voice/data information. We focus our developments to medical scenarios where general PACS concepts are not acceptable, currently or in the near future. An image/voice/data management and communications system using ISDN technology has been designed. First applications are developed - to acquire multiple image modalities such as CT, Angio and NI from several hospital departments, - to communicate with a remote image processing group (Computer Science Department), - to complement visual results wIth voice and data yielding integrated multimedia information, and - to distribute integrated multimedia information to medical end users such as surgeons and therapists. The integrated multimedia information is finally available at a specially configured PC-workstation in complete digital form. An interactive replay of this information complies with a video-standard (either NTSC or PAL) and may discard specific media-modality on demand. At any time a video copy of the complete or constituent integrated information can be saved on VHS-cassettes for further distribution. The image processing group currently creates standardized video clips for frequent surgical scenarios. This paper describes the network model for the in-house and remote ISDN communication of integrated multimedia information, traffic, and performance requirements. The flexibility and acceptance of this approach will be addressed by reviewing several surgical cases.
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Peter F. Jensch and Heino Niemann "Multimedia medical communication with ISDN technologies: early experiences", Proc. SPIE 1234, Medical Imaging IV: PACS Systems Design and Evaluation, (1 August 1990);


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