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AUDIO ANNOTATION IN WORKSTATION APPLICATIONS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200881D
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-28
Document File: 3 page(s) / 29K

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Abstract

Audio annotations in workstation applications to provide additional information needed for diagnosis, comments and pictorial tags to differentiate or highlight information in a graphical view is disclosed. Audio annotation opens up new avenues for information sharing in clinical workflows.

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AUDIO ANNOTATION IN WORKSTATION APPLICATIONS

FIELD OF INVENTION

The invention generally relates to workstation applications in healthcare systems and more particularly to an audio annotation system for workstation applications in healthcare systems.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Generally, on a workstation application, during review and diagnosis based on displayed image information, a user often requires to convey additional information and store the same.

In typical workstation applications, annotations comprise visual elements displayed in an image view. Conventionally, a user utilizes visual annotations such as written text, bookmarks, Region of Interest (ROI) among others to indicate a region of interest or to highlight interesting features. However, such visual methods of annotation have limitations. For example, although an area of interest is highlighted, no provision is made to specify what exactly is of interest or of clinical relevance in the highlighted feature or area.

Hence there exists a need for an improved technique for communicating annotations during clinical review and diagnosis.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Audio annotation for communicating clinical significance of a visually marked out area is disclosed. An embodiment of the present invention enables a user to append annotative information in an audio form along with the conventionally available visual display.


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DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

A new technique for annotating information in audio form is disclosed. Usually, the objective of such audio annotations is to provide additional information required for clinical diagnosis.

According to an embodiment of the present invention, an audio annotation can be stored as a Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM)element with a private tag. Such an audio annotation can be replayed at a later time by clicking on an icon associated with the audio annotation. The audio annotation captures and stores the recorded speech of a clinician or technologist regarding the review and/or diagnost...