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IEEE Computer Volume 11 Number 2 -- NEW APPLICATIONS Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131277D
Original Publication Date: 1978-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-10
Document File: 5 page(s) / 25K

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Software Patent Institute

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Prof. D. A. Michalopoulos: AUTHOR [+2]


NEW APPLICATIONS * Telephoned CAT scans link outlying doctors with major hospital * Computerized clown serves as teaching ";toy"; * Library supplier computerizes with Data General Eclipse * Micronova and Nova computers deliver realtime weather reports * Corporate data base minimizes product liability problems * Computer supports controversial theory about birth of stars in space cloud

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Prof. D. A. Michalopoulos

California State University, Fullerton

Telephoned CAT scans link outlying doctors with major hospital

A unique communications system that transmits images via telephone lines is enabling doctors in outlying areas to obtain instantaneous, expert diagnostic assistance from major medical centers. The Vidicom system presently allows a Redding, California, medical group called Shasta Scans, to transmit computerized axial tomography (CAT) scans to the Moffitt Hospital at the University of California in San Francisco for diagnosis.

Unlike conventional X-ray images, which produce a flat picture, a CAT scanner has a low- intensity X-ray beam that is rotated around a patient's body 180 in a transaxial plane to produce a cross sectional image. At Shasta Scans, the Vidicom system transmits head scans for neurological evaluation. The CAT scans are transmitted by narrow-band video equipment which compresses the television signal so that it can be sent over conventional voice-grade telephone lines.

Moffitt Hospital neurologists receive the images on a standard television monitor. Doctors can retrieve any of the 300 images automaticaHy stored by the system for study and diagnosis.

Vidicom transmits a complete, highresolution image in approximately 78 seconds. Higher speeds are possible with ultrasound or nuclear scan images.

The Vidicom system can also transmit X-ray images, EKG's, nuclear scans, and ultrasound scans. Medical tests, lab reports, and patient charts can be sent and reviewed by top experts in the field within a matter of minutes.

For further information on the Vidicom contact Video Communications Division, L. D. Bevan Company, 705B Lakefield, Westlake Village, CA 91361. Or call tollfree (800) 235-5955 (within California call collect 213-889- 3653).

Computerized clown serves as teaching "toy"

A unique telecommunications system, designed by Dr. James W. Tawney at the University of Kentucky's Programmed Environments Project in Lexington, is helping 18 mentally and physically handicapped children in the state of Kentucky. Specially designed "teaching toys" that are actually minicomputer terminals are installed in homes across the state and connected by telephone lines to a Data General Nova minicomputer which transmits individualized, daily programmed instruction to each of the children.

IEEE Computer Society, Feb 01, 1978 Page 1 IEEE Computer Volume 11 Number 2, Pages 89-91

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IEEE Computer Volume 11 Number 2 -- NEW APPLICATIONS

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