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Integrating Patient Digital Photographs with Medical Imaging Examinations

Authors
Journal
Journal of Digital Imaging
0897-1889
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Volume
26
Issue
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10278-013-9579-6
Keywords
  • Article
Disciplines
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Medicine

Abstract

We introduce the concept, benefits, and general architecture for acquiring, storing, and displaying digital photographs along with medical imaging examinations. We also discuss a specific implementation built around an Android-based system for simultaneously acquiring digital photographs along with portable radiographs. By an innovative application of radiofrequency identification technology to radiographic cassettes, the system is able to maintain a tight relationship between these photographs and the radiographs within the picture archiving and communications system (PACS) environment. We provide a cost analysis demonstrating the economic feasibility of this technology. Since our architecture naturally integrates with patient identification methods, we also address patient privacy issues.

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