Journal of Digital Imaging

, 6:237 | Cite as

Educational Technology Network: A computer conferencing system dedicated to applications of computers in radiology practice, research, and education

  • Michael P. D'Alessandro
  • Michael J. Ackerman
  • Susan M. Sparks
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Abstract

Educational Technology Network (ET Net) is a free, easy to use, on-line computer conferencing system organized and funded by the National Library of Medicine that is accessible via the SprintNet (SprintNet, Reston, VA) and Internet (Merit, Ann Arbor, MI) computer networks. It is dedicated to helping bring together, in a single continuously running electronic forum, developers and users of computer applications in the health sciences, including radiology. ET Net uses the Caucus computer conferencing software (Camber-Roth, Troy, NY) running on a microcomputer. This microcomputer is located in the National Library of Medicine's Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications and is directly connected to the SprintNet and the Internet networks. The advanced computer conferencing software of ET Net allows individuals who are separated in space and time to unite electronically to participate, at any time, in interactive discussions on applications of computers in radiology. A computer conferencing system such as ET Net allows radiologists to maintain contact with colleagues on a regular basis when they are not physically together. Topics of discussion on ET Net encompass all applications of computers in radiological practice, research, and education. ET Net has been in successful operation for 3 years and has a promising future aiding radiologists in the exchange of information pertaining to applications of computers in radiology.

Key words

Computer conferencing bulletin board systems education radiology computers 

Reference

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Copyright information

© Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael P. D'Alessandro
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michael J. Ackerman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Susan M. Sparks
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Electric Differential Multimedia LaboratoryUniversity of Iowa College of MedicineIowa City
  2. 2.National Library of MedicineLister Hill National Center for Biomedical CommunicationsBethesda
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsIowa City

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