Journal of telemedicine and telecare vol:1 pages:100-110
We illustrate the possible impact of information technology on digital radiology using two pilot projects. The first aimed to improve the transfer of radiological information and the interaction between radiologist and referring physician, using hypermedia documents and hypermedia electronic mail. During a 12-month evaluation period, approximately 100 hypermedia reports were generated and distributed to hepatologists and neurosurgeons. The second project aimed to improve planning of orthopaedic surgery, using an image processing service for three-dimensional visualization and a conferencing system to support active cooperation. Over two months, 12 routine cases were reconstructed in three dimensions and conferencing was carried out between surgeons and radiologists in hospitals 15 km apart. Initial results were encouraging. Telematics may be valuable in reconciling the growing need for multidisciplinary cooperation with the growing geographical and organizational separation of different experts. We conclude that to benefit from information technology, the focus should not be on a direct translation of traditional working methods, but rather on possibilities that were not available in the film-based environment.
Bellon E., Van Cleynenbreugel J., Delaere D., Houtput W., Smet M., Marchal G., Suetens P., ''Novel telematics services using image processing, hypermedia and remote cooperation to improve image-based medical decision making'', Journal of telemedicine and telecare, vol. 1, pp. 100-110, 1995.