Journal of Digital Imaging

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 217–225 | Cite as

A Mobile Phone Integrated Health Care Delivery System of Medical Images

  • Fuk-hay Tang
  • Maria YY Law
  • Ares CH Lee
  • Lawrence WC Chan
Article

Abstract

With the growing computing capability of mobile phones, a handy mobile controller is developed for accessing the picture archiving and communication system (PACS) to enhance image management for clinicians with nearly no restriction in time and location using various wireless communication modes. The PACS is an integrated system for the distribution and archival of medical images that are acquired by different imaging modalities such as CT (computed tomography) scanners, CR (computed radiography) units, DR (digital radiography) units, US (ultrasonography) scanners, and MR (magnetic resonance) scanners. The mobile controller allows image management of the PACS including display, worklisting, query and retrieval of medical images in DICOM format. In this mobile system, a server program is developed in a PACS Web server which serves as an interface for client programs in the mobile phone and the enterprise PACS for image distribution in hospitals. The application processing is performed on the server side to reduce computational loading in the mobile device. The communication method of mobile phones can be adapted to multiple wireless environments in Hong Kong. This allows greater feasibility to accommodate the rapidly changing communication technology. No complicated computer hardware or software is necessary. Using a mobile phone embedded with the mobile controller client program, this system would serve as a tool for heath care and medical professionals to improve the efficiency of the health care services by speedy delivery of image information. This is particularly important in case of urgent consultation, and it allows health care workers better use of the time for patient care.

Keywords

Mobile phone PACS PDA filmless medical images health care 

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Copyright information

© SCAR (Society for Computer Applications in Radiology) 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fuk-hay Tang
    • 1
  • Maria YY Law
    • 1
  • Ares CH Lee
    • 1
  • Lawrence WC Chan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Optometry and RadiographyThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityKowloonHong Kong

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