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A PACS INTERFACE FOR ACCESSING PATIENT INFORMATION IN MEDICAL IMAGING.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000124119D
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-08
Document File: 4 page(s) / 28K

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Abstract

In one embodiment, a user interface according to this invention allows a user to use voice as a way to command and control the application. In another embodiment, the interface uses the text to speech ability to output information to the user using audio mode while allowing the user’s visual mode to concentrate on viewing images

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A PACS INTERFACE FOR ACCESSING PATIENT INFORMATION IN MEDICAL IMAGING.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0001]               This invention relates generally, to user interfaces and more particularly to, a PACS interface for accessing patient information in medical imaging.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002]               Known PACS image reviewing workstations have graphical user interfaces that require the user to spend a lot of time and effort to access the different functions on the screen.  Users frequently complain about repetitive stress injury occurring from using the workstations.  As more functionalities added to the reviewing workstation, the graphical user interface becomes more complex, making the workstation harder to use and learn.

[0003]               Therefore, there exists a need for a user interface that would (i) enhance the ergonomics of the interface by reducing mouse clicks and mouse movements, (ii) improve the productivity of the users, and (iii) lower the learning curve for new users.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

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DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0008]    Various embodiments of this invention provide a PACS interface for accessing patient information in medical imaging.  However, the embodiments are not limited and may be implemented in connection with other systems such as, for example, industrial radiology.

[0009]                 In one embodiment, the user interface allows the user to use voice as a way to command and control the application. 

[0010]               In another embodiment, the interface uses the text to speech ability to output information to the user using audio mode while allowing the user’s visual mode to concentrate on viewing images.

[0011]               In the embodiment using the voice command, (i) the names of the patients are dynamically added to a grammar file as exams are sent to PACS from the modalities so that the exams and patient jackets can be queried by speaking the patient name, and (ii) the user can speak the image number to command the workstation to display a specific image based on its image number.  The user can command the workstation to skip forward and backward a certain number of images within an image series.

[0012]                In an embodiment using the text feature, the radiological report that accompanies the exam is read back to the user by using a text to...