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Characterization of Image Transfer Patterns in a Regional Trauma Network

Neuhaus, Philipp and Weber, Thomas and Dugas, Martin and Juhra, Christian and Breil, Bernhard (2014) Characterization of Image Transfer Patterns in a Regional Trauma Network. Journal of Medical Systems, 2014 (38), pp. 1-11. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s10916-014-0137-7 ISSN 0148-5598

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Trauma Networks are currently founded in Germany to improve patient care of severely injured persons. To assure appropriate patient treatment in a short time, the transfer of radiological image data between the connected hospitals over the internet is an important method. This paper characterizes radiological image transfer patterns in a regional trauma network and analyzes various compression options.Within the “TraumaNetwork NorthWest” in Germany, the webbased platform “MedSix” was developed. MedSix is able to transfer DICOM-data quickly and easily between connected hospitals and can be directly connected to the local PACS. Audit data of the routine system between the 01.01.2012 and the 31.12.2012 were analyzed to identify typical characteristics of radiological image exchanges. Five different compression methods were compared by a simulation. MedSix has been used by 12 hospitals. 87 % of the transfers were uploaded within 15 min. Lossless compression is able to save about 50 % bandwidth. 82 % of the transfers have a data volume of less than 200 MB. Temporary accounts for nonregular users were used regularly. Most transfers were done from small to maximum care hospitals. It is feasible to substitute physical image exchange in a trauma network with electronic exchange of radiological images between the connected hospitals. Even large datasets are transferred within an acceptable time frame. Most transfers occur from small to large hospitals. The possibility of temporary accounts seems to be a key feature for the user acceptance.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/91356/
Document Type:Article
Title:Characterization of Image Transfer Patterns in a Regional Trauma Network
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Neuhaus, PhilippUniversity of Muenster, Dep. of Medical Informatics, Muenster, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Weber, ThomasGerman Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Cologne, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Dugas, MartinInstitute of Medical Informatics, University of Münster, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Juhra, ChristianUniversity Hospital Münster, Dep. of Trauma-, Hand- and Reconstructive Surgery, Münster, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Breil, BernhardFaculty of Health Care, Hochschule Niederrhein, University of Applied Sciences, Krefeld, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Date:September 2014
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Medical Systems
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1007/s10916-014-0137-7
Page Range:pp. 1-11
Keywords:DICOM, Trauma care, Trauma network, Online system, Web-based system, Radiology, Image transfer
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Telemedizin
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Biomedical Research
Deposited By: Duwe, Helmut
Deposited On:29 Oct 2014 09:32
Last Modified:29 Oct 2014 09:32

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