A Medical Application Integrating Remote 3D Visualization Tools to Access Picture Archiving and Communication System on Mobile Devices

Mobile Systems

DOI: 10.1007/s10916-014-0044-y

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He, L., Ming, X. & Liu, Q. J Med Syst (2014) 38: 44. doi:10.1007/s10916-014-0044-y
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  1. Topical Collection on Mobile Systems


With computing capability and display size growing, the mobile device has been used as a tool to help clinicians view patient information and medical images anywhere and anytime. However, for direct interactive 3D visualization, which plays an important role in radiological diagnosis, the mobile device cannot provide a satisfactory quality of experience for radiologists. This paper developed a medical system that can get medical images from the picture archiving and communication system on the mobile device over the wireless network. In the proposed application, the mobile device got patient information and medical images through a proxy server connecting to the PACS server. Meanwhile, the proxy server integrated a range of 3D visualization techniques, including maximum intensity projection, multi-planar reconstruction and direct volume rendering, to providing shape, brightness, depth and location information generated from the original sectional images for radiologists. Furthermore, an algorithm that changes remote render parameters automatically to adapt to the network status was employed to improve the quality of experience. Finally, performance issues regarding the remote 3D visualization of the medical images over the wireless network of the proposed application were also discussed. The results demonstrated that this proposed medical application could provide a smooth interactive experience in the WLAN and 3G networks.


Medical images PACS Remote visualization Mobile health 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Britton Chance Center for Biomedical Photonics, Wuhan National Laboratory for OptoelectronicsHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Biomedical Photonics of Ministry of EducationHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina