Portable system aids
Although still in its infancy, telemedicine is poised to change
healthcare in remote areas or crisis situations. By consulting with other medical
professionals through computers and telecommunication links, doctors can provide better
and faster treatment for disease or injury. Remote medical imaging, for example, can
ensure high-quality care without the patients travelling.
Project TELEINVIVO is developing an integrated workstation capable of providing
telemedicine applications. Containing a portable ultrasound device plus computing and
telecommunication capabilities, the system is low-cost, light, transportable and
non-radiating. Complemented by dedicated software, it supports a range of applications.
The portable device provides three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound acquisition and the
ability to display the results of the 3D scan. A doctor with the device can scan the
patient and transfer the acquired 3D-dataset to a remote expert using the built-in
telecommunication channel. Once data transmission is complete, both experts are linked
online over the telecommunication channel and can analyse the 3D-data replicated at each
site. Doctor and specialist view identical images on the screen with no time lag, even
over narrow-band telecommunication channels.
There are live tele-consultations with local and trial sites on the TELEINVIVO stand,
which demonstrates the workstation's 3D visualisation software and freehand 3D-ultrasound
acquisition. The functions and fast performance give the product high market potential.