Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Remote Ultrasound

A surgeon from Detroit has shown that it is possible for a minimally trained person to capture good ultrasound images and send them via the Internet to a remote site where a trained radiologist can then interpret them. This is another telemedicine application that will allow for the "virtualization" of medical expertise. The ability to capture ultrasound images using a portable unit by a non-radiologist can prove very useful. An ultrasound is a very important diagnostic device for emergency situations, such as an impending aortic aneurysm rupture in a patient presenting with abdominal pain. The problem is that many community hospitals do not have ultrasound techs or radiologists on site during nights. Being able to capture images locally and transmitting them remotely for interpretation will allow these hospitals to offre this service and in doing so, will surely save lives . Read more...

If you're interested in reading further about "Diagnostic ultrasound usability, reliability, comparisons, news and reviews", see this blog.

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