Feasibility of telemammography as a biomedical application for breast imaging

Barbara G. Beckerman, Stephen G. Batsell, Lawrence P. MacIntyre, Hamed S. Sarraf, Shaun S. Gleason, Mitchell D. Schnall

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Mammographic screening is an important tool in the early detection of breast cancer. The migration of mammography from the current mode of x-ray mammography using a film screen image detector and display to a digital technology provides an opportunity to improve access and performance of breast cancer screening. The sheer size and volume of the typical screening exam, the need to have previous screening data readily available, and the need to view other breast imaging data together to provide a common consensus and to plan treatment, make telemammography an ideal application for breast imaging. For telemammography to be a viable option, it must overcome the technical challenges related to transmission, archiving, management, processing and retrieval of large data sets. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago and Lockheed Martin Energy Systems/Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a framework for transmission of large-scale medical images over high-speed networks, leveraged existing high-speed networks between research and medical facilities; tested the feasibility of point-to-point transmission of mammographic images in a near-real time environment; evaluated network performance and transmission scenarios; and investigated the impact of image pre-processing on an experimental computer-aided diagnosis system. Results of the initial study are reported here.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-60
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 Biomedical Diagnostic, Guidance, and Surgical-Assist Systems - San Jose, CA, USA
Duration: Jan 26 1999Jan 27 1999


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