A study of the application sharing capabilities in telemedicine

Paolo Mattioli, Peter J. Klutke, Fabio Baruffaldi, Marco Viceconti, Aldo Toni, Karl H. Englmeier

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The main aim of this study was to find out if the image format (TIFF or JPEG) influenced the time delay for transferring radiological images by the application sharing tool of a desktop videoconferencing system. The second task of the study was to define a procedure that optimized the time delay to load and remotely visualize the images. The results were achieved by applying a test procedure called 'benchmark protocol'. The videoconferencing system used for the test was Intel ProShare 200(TM) v2.0. The image transfer was performed by a BRI ISDN connection. We showed that the image format had no significant influence on the time delay. We presented an optimal procedure for image transfer. Furthermore, store and forward procedures with simple file transfer were shown to be inferior to the use of application sharing. For radiological image transfer we recommend to use lossless file formats and application sharing with the image already loaded in because this method achieves the lowest time delays.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-97
Number of pages9
JournalComputer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1999


  • Image format
  • ISDN
  • Medical imaging
  • Telemedicine
  • Teleradiology
  • Videoconferencing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software


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