Field Testing of a Remote Controlled Robotic Tele-echo System in an Ambulance Using Broadband Mobile Communication Technology
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We report the testing of a mobile Robotic Tele-echo system that was placed in an ambulance and successfully transmitted clear real time echo imaging of a patient's abdomen to the destination hospital from where this device was being remotely operated. Two-way communication between the paramedics in this vehicle and a doctor standing by at the hospital was undertaken. The robot was equipped with an ultrasound probe which was remotely controlled by the clinician at the hospital and ultrasound images of the patient were transmitted wirelessly. The quality of the ultrasound images that were transmitted over the public mobile telephone networks and those transmitted over the Multimedia Wireless Access Network (a private networks) were compared. The transmission rate over the public networks and the private networks was approximately 256 Kbps, 3 Mbps respectively. Our results indicate that ultrasound images of far higher definition could be obtained through the private networks.
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- Field Testing of a Remote Controlled Robotic Tele-echo System in an Ambulance Using Broadband Mobile Communication Technology
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Volume 32, Issue 3 , pp 235-242
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- 1. Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Yokohama City University School of Medicine, 3-9 Fukuura, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama, 236-0004, Japan
- 2. National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Koganei, Japan
- 3. Graduate School of Bio-Application and Systems Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Koganei, Japan
- 4. Global Information & Telecommunication Institute, Graduate School of Waseda University, Shinjuku, Japan
- 5. Nomura Research Institute, Chiyoda-ku, Japan
- 6. Yokosuka Research Park R&D Promotion Committee, Yokosuka, Japan