Medical Teleconferencing


Elizabeth A. Krupinski

(University of Arizona)

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Date: 04/05/2012


Medical images represent a significant source of information that clinicians utilize to render diagnostic and treatment decisions. The first specialty that typically comes to mind when thinking about medical imaging is radiology. Recently however, medical imaging has come to cover a much broader range of specialties through the growth of telemedicine including cardiology, radiation oncology, pathology, and ophthalmology. The interpretation of medical images relies on a combination of many factors including perception, cognition, human factors, and technology. When one considers how clinicians read medical images, three basic stages are typically regarded as being involved: seeing, recognizing and interpreting. It may sound simple, but the potential for failure at any point in the interpretation process is actually quite high ‐ errors are made. Whenever new technologies are introduced into the clinic, we need to thoroughly evaluate them to insure that patient will not be impacted negatively. Physical evaluation of the images and their quality is critical of course, but the ultimate test of their quality and utility is whether they improve diagnostic performance and/or workflow efficiency. We need to understand not only the images and the technologies used to acquire and display them; we need to understand the interpreter of those images – the clinician. As the clinical environment changes and more and more various types of images become a part of the patient record this becomes even more critical. This talk will summarize some of the ways we have used to evaluate the impact of new imagingtechnologies in the growing arena of telemedicine.

Created: Thursday, April 5th, 2012