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Pocket-size solid-state iPOD and flash drives for gigabyte storage, display and transfer of digital medical images: Review and work initiated.

Sankaran A - J Med Phys (2009)

Bottom Line: The quality assurance (QA) of the displays has been successfully carried out with standard test patterns.It has good potential for use in clinical diagnosis as well.Other recent advancements using iPHONE and improved but expensive computers, integrated with picture archiving and communication system (PACS) as well as radiology and hospital information system (RHIS) for versatile applications in modern radiology, are also highlighted.This system, assembled with indigenous equipments, is much less expensive and specially suited for teaching radiologists, physicists and technologists, particularly in developing countries.

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Affiliation: Ex-Radiological Physics and Advisory Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Anushaktinagar, Mumbai-400094, India.

ABSTRACT
A locally assembled image viewer system with pocket-size iPOD (80 GB) and flash (2 GB) drives for gigabyte storage, display and transfer of digital medical images, oriented towards training purposes, is described. Both the iPOD and flash drive enable storage of thousands of images from diverse medical-imaging equipments. The iPOD, in addition, can display with sufficient resolution any of these images and serves as a transportable preview device. Through the use of a computer, these devices can access/ store/ display the images/ photos from a CD, digital camera or the internet. A TV image viewing unit is also provided. The operational features and the advantages of these devices are discussed in detail. The quality assurance (QA) of the displays has been successfully carried out with standard test patterns. The image quality has been tested with dynamic and static medical images. The system will be highly useful for storage and remote display of multitude of images from several modalities in the hospital, as well as other images, from the point of view of education and training. It has good potential for use in clinical diagnosis as well. Other recent advancements using iPHONE and improved but expensive computers, integrated with picture archiving and communication system (PACS) as well as radiology and hospital information system (RHIS) for versatile applications in modern radiology, are also highlighted.This system, assembled with indigenous equipments, is much less expensive and specially suited for teaching radiologists, physicists and technologists, particularly in developing countries.

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Photograph of the image viewer, showing the computer with associated parts; also, iPOD and flash drive. The computer displays the Rubo Dicom Viewer test pattern (see text)
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Figure 0003: Photograph of the image viewer, showing the computer with associated parts; also, iPOD and flash drive. The computer displays the Rubo Dicom Viewer test pattern (see text)

Mentions: The photographs [Figures 3 and 4] taken with the camera show the different parts of the image viewer system set up in the author's home. In Figure 3, the iPOD display, the flash drive connected to the computer, the modem, web camera and the stereo speakers are clearly visible. The TV system connected to the iPOD with its charger on the right can be visualized in Figure 4. Typical images (Rubo Dicom Viewer pattern and the test CT image, mentioned above) are displayed on the computer and TV, respectively. For viewing on a remote site, the high-resolution images taken with the camera were later compressed (to about one tenth of the original size) for quick transmission.


Pocket-size solid-state iPOD and flash drives for gigabyte storage, display and transfer of digital medical images: Review and work initiated.

Sankaran A - J Med Phys (2009)

Photograph of the image viewer, showing the computer with associated parts; also, iPOD and flash drive. The computer displays the Rubo Dicom Viewer test pattern (see text)
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 0003: Photograph of the image viewer, showing the computer with associated parts; also, iPOD and flash drive. The computer displays the Rubo Dicom Viewer test pattern (see text)
Mentions: The photographs [Figures 3 and 4] taken with the camera show the different parts of the image viewer system set up in the author's home. In Figure 3, the iPOD display, the flash drive connected to the computer, the modem, web camera and the stereo speakers are clearly visible. The TV system connected to the iPOD with its charger on the right can be visualized in Figure 4. Typical images (Rubo Dicom Viewer pattern and the test CT image, mentioned above) are displayed on the computer and TV, respectively. For viewing on a remote site, the high-resolution images taken with the camera were later compressed (to about one tenth of the original size) for quick transmission.

Bottom Line: The quality assurance (QA) of the displays has been successfully carried out with standard test patterns.It has good potential for use in clinical diagnosis as well.Other recent advancements using iPHONE and improved but expensive computers, integrated with picture archiving and communication system (PACS) as well as radiology and hospital information system (RHIS) for versatile applications in modern radiology, are also highlighted.This system, assembled with indigenous equipments, is much less expensive and specially suited for teaching radiologists, physicists and technologists, particularly in developing countries.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Ex-Radiological Physics and Advisory Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Anushaktinagar, Mumbai-400094, India.

ABSTRACT
A locally assembled image viewer system with pocket-size iPOD (80 GB) and flash (2 GB) drives for gigabyte storage, display and transfer of digital medical images, oriented towards training purposes, is described. Both the iPOD and flash drive enable storage of thousands of images from diverse medical-imaging equipments. The iPOD, in addition, can display with sufficient resolution any of these images and serves as a transportable preview device. Through the use of a computer, these devices can access/ store/ display the images/ photos from a CD, digital camera or the internet. A TV image viewing unit is also provided. The operational features and the advantages of these devices are discussed in detail. The quality assurance (QA) of the displays has been successfully carried out with standard test patterns. The image quality has been tested with dynamic and static medical images. The system will be highly useful for storage and remote display of multitude of images from several modalities in the hospital, as well as other images, from the point of view of education and training. It has good potential for use in clinical diagnosis as well. Other recent advancements using iPHONE and improved but expensive computers, integrated with picture archiving and communication system (PACS) as well as radiology and hospital information system (RHIS) for versatile applications in modern radiology, are also highlighted.This system, assembled with indigenous equipments, is much less expensive and specially suited for teaching radiologists, physicists and technologists, particularly in developing countries.

No MeSH data available.