Catalonian hospital trust develops Java visualizer to display medical images on the Web

Sabadell 27 October 1998 Dr. Josep Fernández is responsible for the Laboratory of Medical Imaging of the SDI-UDIAT. This research centre, which is hosted by the Corporation of Health Facilities Parc Tauli, is one of the 49 institutions connected to the Catalonian scientific network. Since Dr. Fernández recently developed a visualizer in Java to show medical images on the Web, the Laboratory has become a pioneer in medical image visualization through the use of Internet technologies.

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Dr. Josep Fernández is responsible for the Laboratory of Medical Imaging of the SDI-UDIAT. This research centre, which is hosted by the Corporation of Health Facilities Parc Tauli, is one of the 49 institutions connected to the Catalonian scientific network. Since Dr. Fernández recently developed a visualizer in Java to show medical images on the Web, the Laboratory has become a pioneer in medical image visualization through the use of Internet technologies.

The new service allows the hospital physicians to access a patient list on the Web and to select a specific patient, in order to view the medical images which were produced during the various examinations that have been taken place. The visualizer provides all the functions, required by the radiologists to make an accurate diagnosis. The format used to display the medical images has been determined by the international DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) standard.

The DICOM standard enables health professionals and industrial developers to exchange different types of radiological images, such as X-rays, magnetic resonance and ultrasound images, without any loss of quality. From within the laboratory, a connection will be installed among the various Intranets of the neighbouring hospitals. A future application, provided by the scientific network, will consist in the possibility for radiologists to remotely access the hospital network from their homes.

In this way, the medical specialists will still be able to consult the medical data of their patients in case there is no responsible physician available in the hospital for emergencies during the periods of quiet watch. The news source for this article has been the latest October issue of the Catalonian supercomputer magazine Teraflop.


Leslie Versweyveld

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