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Integrating Patient Digital Photographs with Medical Imaging Examinations

OPEN Journal of digital imaging : the official journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology | 15 Feb 2013

S Ramamurthy, P Bhatti, CD Arepalli, M Salama, JM Provenzale and S Tridandapani
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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Fluoroscopy, Projectional radiography, Engineering, Radiography, X-ray, Medical imaging
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