Investigations on telemedicine have been going on for almost the last three decades. A new period has begun all over the world, including Europe, since the late 1980s employing new telecommunication technology and computer systems. Current technology appears adequate to sustain high quality telemedicine systems in many professional uses of diagnostic practice, including for example radiology or pathology. Recent technical advances in telecommunication and image procession have provided the means to transfer sufficient amount of visual information which is needed for adequate diagnosis. Live image transfer via narrow communication bandit in a two direction link can probably be adequate in use for diagnostic purposes. Initial steps have been made in the field of telepathology in some countries of Central Europe. These include isolated data collection and data interpretation as well as image transmission in experimental stage. For instance, experiments of real-time image transmission at light microscopic level were performed by use of ISDN between Croatia and Hungary. The technical facilities for these experiments were provided by the local industry. In 1995 multiple live image transmissions with simultaneous voice transfer have been performed between the Department of Pathology of MI Central Hospital and 1.st Institute of Pathology and Experimental Cancer Research of Semmelweis Medical University, Budapest. Two ISDN channels were used at each connection giving a transfer rate of 128 kbits\sec. The first diagnostic telemedicine trial in Hungary included image transmissions of various cellular origin and cell types, and cytological smears have been analyzed as well as histological sections. The quality of visual information provided by this configuration using a videoconference software of standard H.320 was suitable for telediagnosis. The aim of this study is to report on efforts and first results of the creation of an integrated telematic pathology system in Hungary.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Electronic Journal of Pathology and Histology|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 1996|
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