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Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography:
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0b013e3182345aeb
Technical Note

Internet-Based Videoconferencing and Data Collaboration for the Imaging Community

Poon, David P. BS*; Langkals, John W.; Giesel, Frederik L. MD, MBA†§; Knopp, Michael V. MD, PhD*; Tengg-Kobligk, Hendrik von MD*‡∥

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Abstract: Internet protocol–based digital data collaboration with videoconferencing is not yet well utilized in the imaging community. Videoconferencing, combined with proven low-cost solutions, can provide reliable functionality and speed, which will improve rapid, time-saving, and cost-effective communications, within large multifacility institutions or globally with the unlimited reach of the Internet. The aim of this project was to demonstrate the implementation of a low-cost hardware and software setup that facilitates global data collaboration using WebEx and GoToMeeting Internet protocol–based videoconferencing software. Both products’ features were tested and evaluated for feasibility across 2 different Internet networks, including a video quality and recording assessment. Cross-compatibility with an Apple OS is also noted in the evaluations. Departmental experiences with WebEx pertaining to clinical trials are also described. Real-time remote presentation of dynamic data was generally consistent across platforms. A reliable and inexpensive hardware and software setup for complete Internet-based data collaboration/videoconferencing can be achieved.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.



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