Demonstration of medical communications based on an ATM broadband network technology

Jerome R. Cox, G. J. Blaine, Martin W. Dubetz, Kenneth Krieger, R. G.M.D. Jost, Stephen M. Moore, William D. Richard, Jonathan S. Turner, Albert Winterbauer

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The research and development efforts of several university and industry groups have brought digital imaging technologies into the practice of medicine. Radiographic images based on a digital data set can now be acquired, stored, communicated and presented for both primary interpretation and access by the referring physician. Moreover, conferences between a specialist and a primary care physician can be supported with audio and video links. A demonstration project at Washington University in collaboration with Southwestern Bell and NEC-America provides a testbed for deployment of ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) broadband network technology supporting both LAN and WAN experiments in multimedia medical communications. A network based on four geographically dispersed ATM switches supports rapid display of high-resolution medical images, patient information, digital video and digitized real-time physiological signals at channel rates of 100 Mb/s. A prototype configuration of an Inquiry & Display station is based on the NeXT computer with auxiliary displays for the medical images. Observations and preliminary performance results will be presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherPubl by Int Soc for Optical Engineering
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)0819408069
StatePublished - 1992
EventMedical Imaging VI: PACS Design and Evaluation - Newport Beach, CA, USA
Duration: Feb 24 1992Feb 27 1992

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceMedical Imaging VI: PACS Design and Evaluation
CityNewport Beach, CA, USA


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