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    Keywords: imaging ; INFORMATION ; SITE ; PATIENT ; FIELD ; HEALTH ; FUSION ; positron emission tomography ; POSITRON-EMISSION-TOMOGRAPHY ; tomography ; INTERFACE ; PET ; nuclear medicine ; EUROPE ; SINGLE ; TELEMEDICINE ; analysis ; NUCLEAR ; TECHNOLOGY ; technique ; positron emission tomography (PET) ; CHANNELS ; TRANSMISSION ; VARIETIES ; EMISSION-TOMOGRAPHY ; PROMOTES ; CONNECTIONS ; health telematics networks ; interface sharing ; computer supported collaborative work (CSCW) ; Jabber protocol ; virtual private networks (VPN)
    Abstract: A pilot network of positron emission tomography centers across Europe has been setup employing telemedicine services. The primary aim is to bring all PET centers in Europe (and beyond) closer, by integrating advanced medical imaging technology and health telematics networks applications into a single, easy to operate health telematics platform, which allows secure transmission of medical data via a variety of telecommunications channels and fosters the cooperation between professionals in the field. The platform runs on PCs with Windows 2000/XP and incorporates advanced techniques for image visualization, analysis and fusion. The communication between two connected workstations is based on a TCP/IP connection secured by secure socket layers and virtual private network or jabber protocols. A teleconsultation can be online (with both physicians physically present) or offline (via transmission of messages which contain image data and other information). An interface sharing protocol enables online teleconsultations even over low bandwidth connections. This initiative promotes the cooperation and improved communication between nuclear medicine professionals, offering options for second opinion and training. It permits physicians to remotely consult patient data, even if they are away from the physical examination site. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
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