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June 25, 2008 For teleradiology revolution, press ‘1’ now Douglas Page -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A radical new teleradiology concept centered on cell phone technology may one day provide medical imaging to millions of people in areas currently underserved by medicine. The new approach replaces the conventional stand-alone medical imaging device with a new imaging system consisting of remote acquisition and processing components connected by cell phone. It works like this: Imaging data are acquired at the patient site by a simple modality with limited controls and no image display capabilities. Cell phone technology transmits the unprocessed raw imaging data from the patient site to an advanced image reconstruction processor at a remote central site. Once the image is processed and reconstructed, it is transmitted back to the cell phone for display at the patient site. "Unlike conventional teleradiology, where image reconstruction and control occurs at the patient site and telecommunication is used to transmit images, in our system the cellular phone transmits the unprocessed imaging data from the imaging modality and subsequently receives the processed image back from the central site," said Boris Rubinsky, Ph.D., a professor of bioengineering and mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

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