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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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    Keywords: Germany ; SYSTEM ; PATIENT ; STAGE ; positron emission tomography ; POSITRON-EMISSION-TOMOGRAPHY ; PET ; MOBILE ; computer supported collaborative work ; health telematics networks ; interface sharing ; tele-consultation ; virtual private networks
    Abstract: TENPET (Trans European Network for Positron Emission Tomography) aims to evaluate the provision of integrated teleconsultation and intelligent computer supported cooperative work services for clinical positron emission tomography (PET) in Europe at its current stage, as it is a multi-centre project financially supported by the European Commission (Information Society, eTEN Program). It addresses technological challenges by linking PET Centres and developing supporting services that permit remote consultation between professionals in the field. The technological platform (CE-marked) runs on Win2000/NT/XP systems and incorporates advanced techniques for image visualization, analysis and fusion, as well as for interactive communication and message handling for off-line communications. Four PET Centres from Spain, France and Germany participate to the pilot system trials. The performance evaluation of the system is carried out via log files and userfilled questionnaires on the frequency of the teleconsultations, their duration and efficacy, quality of the images received, user satisfaction, as well as on privacy, ethical and security issues. TENPET promotes the co-operation and improved communication between PET practitioners that are miles away from their peers or on mobile units, offering options for second opinion and training and permitting physicians to remotely consult patient data if they are away from their centre. It is expected that TENPET will have a significant impact in the development of new skills by PET professionals and will support the establishment of peripheral PET units. To our knowledge, TENPET is the first telemedicine service specifically designed for oncological PET. This report presents the technical innovations incorporated in the TENPET platform and the initial pilot studies at real and diverse clinical environments in the field of oncology
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16525707
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