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Teleradiology/Telepathology requirements and implementation

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Teleradiology and telepathology form an integral part of the telemedicine concept. Teleradiology is becoming a mature technology because of advances in imaging technology, database design and communications infrastructure and capabilities. Telepathology has also made significant progress but more development is needed in the definition of required images, database design and standards. While the requirements of most clinical applications of teleradiology are well established, telemammography still presents some impediments. Technical difficulties in telemammography are presented in terms of the lack of a clinically accepted digital imaging system and large data volume required per image. Another important aspect in tele-imaging is the database question. Workstations constitute a window into database. Comprehensive database development is the most difficult and expensive technology for tele-imaging and operational features of such systems are discussed. Finally, we explore current examples of the use of telepathology and teleradiology in the global telemedicine context.

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Mun, S.K., Elsayed, A.M., Tohme, W.G. et al. Teleradiology/Telepathology requirements and implementation. J Med Syst 19, 153–164 (1995).

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