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MEDICAL IMAGE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM IN A HOSPITAL

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114540D
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-29
Document File: 5 page(s) / 29K

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Abstract

In an embodiment, a medical image distribution system includes pre saving the settings of the destination display/storage devices associated with each type of study, such that the images can automatically be transferred to the corresponding display/storage devices in the background on scanning. The setting is saved only the first time to identify the display/storage devices that a particular study images need to go. The settings can be modified at any time later globally for the study from that point on or additions could be made to them on the fly for any one given case without affecting any future transfers even for the same type of study. At the time of scan, the technician has to simply identify the type of case from a list of studies. The system according to this invention saves time during the scan, performs the transfer in the background and automates the workflow.

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MEDICAL IMAGE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM IN A HOSPITAL

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0001]               This invention relates generally, to distribution systems and more particularly to, a medical image distribution system in a hospital.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002]                Many studies use CT tomographic images along with X-ray film radiographs.  For example, Urography requires X-ray images of different levels of contrast along with CT tomo images.  RadView scout images are CT scouts, which are processed to look like regular X-ray images.  Different types of studies could use RadView images.  For e.g., RadView can have applications in bone imaging, trauma etc. 

[0003]               In a general hospital, where a scanner is not dedicated to any one type of exam like Urography, images from different studies could be sent to the corresponding expert physicians by sending them to pre defined display/storage devices.  This would mean that technicians would have to select end display/storage devices each time for every new case depending on the type of study.  This can be very time consuming and decrease the productivity of the technician, which would in turn decrease the productivity of the hospital.  Also timing can be crucial in contrast studies.  In short, the current workflow needs optimization and priority to more important issues. 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0004]                 FIG. 1 shows an example of a  protocol diagram of a medical image distribution system according this invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0005]    Various embodiments of this invention provide a medical image distribution system in a hospital.  However, the embodiments are not limited and may be implemented in connection with other systems such as, for example, industrial research and analysis systems.

[0006]                 If a hospital performs ‘n’ types of studies, then for each study they have a set number of display devices where the images are sent to for review by the corresponding expert physicians. 

[0007]               In an embodiment, by pre saving the settings of the destination display/storage devices associated with each type of study, the images can automatically be transferred to the corresponding display/storage devices in the background on scanning as shown in FIG.1.  The setting is saved only the first time to identify the display/storage devices that a particular study images need to go.  The settings can be modified at any time later globally for the study from that point on or additions could be made to them on the fly for any one given case without affecting any future transfers even for the same type of study.  At the time of scan, the technician has to simply identify the type of case from a l...