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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 187-192

Establishment of a locally-assembled image viewer system using ultra-books, tablet PC's and smartphones for research, education, training and medical diagnosis


Ex Radiological Physics and Advisory Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Sankaran Ananthanarayanan
Flat No. 604, Indraprastha Complex CHS, Plot 13/14, Sector 29, Vashi, Navi Mumbai - 400 703, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-0464.142385

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In the field of diagnostic radiological imaging, new challenges, particularly the gigabyte storage, display and wireless transfer/transmission of images among medical professionals have led to the use of ultra-books, iPad-like tablets and smartphones, along with the use of innovative medical imaging software, in view of their several advantages. The article reviews the special features of these devices and their ubiquitous applications, along with their practical selection for medical imaging. A prototype home-assembled low-cost image-viewer system using the latest Windows 8.1 based Acer ultra-book computer/monitor system connected to Apple iPad Mini/iPod Touch/iPod classic devices as well as to an high-definition TV viewing unit is described. This ultra-book is selected for its touch-screen graphics display, optical drive facility (for reading the CD-ROM containing images) and for easy portability. Both Wi-Fi broadband and cellular network are provided for transmitting/receiving images. A novel, elegant and versatile FDA-approved medical imaging (MIM) software, suitable for analysis and display of images from all modalities, with cloud facility, was used for long-term storage, display and transmission of Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine patient images. The system has been tested with a variety of educational patient, experimental phantom and resolution images as well as the images supplied by Apple/MIM. Results show that the ultra-book with Windows 8.1 capability, in association with MIM software, can serve as a mini-workstation for analysis/processing and for providing wireless and portable access to all medical (including mammography) images. The optional pocket type iPod Touch and iPad Mini (with light weight and moderate size display) devices enable easy accessibility of images at any site. The system with their present resolution will certainly fulfill their role in education, training and research and is well-suited for diagnosis.


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