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The Design of SkyPACS: A High-Performance Mobile Medical Imaging Solution

  • Tananan PattanangkurEmail author
  • Sikana TanupabrungsonEmail author
  • Katchaguy Areekijseree
  • Sarunya Pumma
  • Tiranee Achalakul
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Abstract

Lack of radiologists is a problem that arises in many parts of the world. Radiologists need to work long hours for multiple hospitals. In order to improve the quality of healthcare, SkyPACS is designed. It is a mobile solution that allows radiologists to work more conveniently. SkyPACS is a low-cost and customizable medical image viewer that can be used for prognosis. The solution is designed to be an assistive technology with the focus on simplicity, flexibility, and user experiences. The architecture of SkyPACS is designed based on service-oriented Model-View-Controller. The customers can freely choose the back-end services: cloud computing and storage on public cloud, private server, or hybrid system. The compute-intensive modules are deployed on a GPU server taking advantage of data parallel with CUDA library. The main features include all standard tools for viewing and diagnosis in 2D and 3D, convenient tools for collaborations, and case management. In addition, advanced functions such as automatic tumor detection and reconstruction and bone/skin/muscle segmentation are provided. This paper describes the details of SkyPACS’s design, as well as its implementation and initial deployment. We believe that SkyPACS will soon be available to a broad range of users in Thailand and AEC’s countries and will be able to reduce the cost of the healthcare platform in the near future.

Keywords

Medical imaging Healthcare solution Medical image mobile solution Cloud computing Cloud storage GPU server 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank many of the people who help turning our research works into a commercial product: J.F. Advance Med Co., Ltd. for providing the facilities to complete the installation at the first test site, the National Innovation Agency (NIA) for supporting during the initial stage of the development, NVIDIA and Smart Technology Co., Ltd., for the equipment loans, Microsoft for providing the opportunity for students to showcase the product through the Imagine Cup competition. Last but not least, we would like to thank King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi for funding and supports throughout the year.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tananan Pattanangkur
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sikana Tanupabrungson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Katchaguy Areekijseree
    • 1
  • Sarunya Pumma
    • 1
  • Tiranee Achalakul
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer EngineeringKing Mongkut’s University of Technology ThonburiBangkokThailand

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