The US Food and Drug Administration for the first time has awarded clearance for a teleradiology system which is able to transmit medical images live and in real time over the Internet. The EchoLive system is developed by IntraCom Corporation, a Silicon Valley, California based company, that since early 1996 has been specializing in the design of Internet software solutions for the medical industry.
IntraCom's proprietary software allows for the real time transfer of high content, full motion, video images over mezzanine bandwidths of the Internet. The pioneering technology is being applied to the transmission of echocardiogram and sonogram images, and delivers high quality images to attending doctors, surgeons and referring physicians, situated at virtually any destination. These images are received in full motion, live and in real time.
Within the EchoLive family of products, the EchoLive 1000 model currently is ready for shipment. The product is developed for use with any of the one million diagnostic ultrasound installations across the United States. The EchoLive 1000 system also integrates the patent-pending Zloss and Zeroloss compression to transmit live, high resolution ultrasound images through the Internet or intranets for remote viewing and diagnosis.
It is possible for physician readers to equally direct the test procedures from a distance. The confidentiality of the patient data can be fully guaranteed since the images are encrypted upon transmission. In this way, only a designated EchoLive receiver is able to decrypt and display the information. IntraCom's major market focus is to increase diagnostic accuracy with the introduction of the EchoLive product family, to improve communications, and to provide efficient storage and retrieval of medical information.
The Food and Drug Administration has provided clearance to EchoLive for the transmission of a great variety of medical image modalities over the Internet, ranging from Ultrasound images over Computed Tomography (CT) to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET). An impressive list which is far from being exhaustive.
The EchoLive product line is bound to deliver usable teleradiology to health care professionals throughout the world. IntraCom's products are specifically designed to meet the unique and changing information needs of hospitals, physicians, physician practice groups, clinics, laboratories, pharmacies and other provider organizations.