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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*‡∥

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: November/December 2011 - Volume 35 - Issue 6 - p 753–761
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0b013e3182345aeb
Technical Note

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.

From the *Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology, and †Department of Physics/OCTS, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; ‡Department of Radiology, German Cancer Research Center (dkfz); and Departments of §Nuclear Medicine and ∥Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospitals Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany.

Received for publication April 1, 2011; accepted August 24, 2011.

Reprints: Michael V. Knopp, MD, PhD, Department of Radiology, The Ohio State University Medical Center, 395 W 12th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210 (e-mail: knopp.16@osu.edu).

The authors of this article have no conflicts of interest to declare.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.