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Title: Cardiac ultrasonography over 4G wireless networks using a tele-operated robot
Authors: Avgousti, Sotiris 
Panayides, Andreas S. 
Jossif, Antonis P 
Christoforou, Eftychios G. 
Vieyres, Pierre 
Novales, Cyril 
Voskarides, Sotos 
Pattichis, Constantinos S 
Keywords: 4G wireless networks;Cardiac ultrasound video;Remote diagnosis;LTE wireless networks;Long Term Evolution;Cardiology;Video Coding Standards;Biomedical ultrasonics;;Real-time ultrasound video streaming;Medical robotics;Telemedicine
Category: Electrical Engineering - Electronic Engineering - Information Engineering
Field: Engineering and Technology
Issue Date: Sep-2016
Source: Healthcare technology letters, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 212- 217
Journal: Healthcare technology letters 
Abstract: This Letter proposes an end-to-end mobile tele-echography platform using a portable robot for remote cardiac ultrasonography. Performance evaluation investigates the capacity of long-term evolution (LTE) wireless networks to facilitate responsive robot tele-manipulation and real-time ultrasound video streaming that qualifies for clinical practice. Within this context, a thorough video coding standards comparison for cardiac ultrasound applications is performed, using a data set of ten ultrasound videos. Both objective and subjective (clinical) video quality assessment demonstrate that H.264/AVC and high efficiency video coding standards can achieve diagnostically-lossless video quality at bitrates well within the LTE supported data rates. Most importantly, reduced latencies experienced throughout the live tele-echography sessions allow the medical expert to remotely operate the robot in a responsive manner, using the wirelessly communicated cardiac ultrasound video to reach a diagnosis. Based on preliminary results documented in this Letter, the proposed robotised tele-echography platform can provide for reliable, remote diagnosis, achieving comparable quality of experience levels with in-hospital ultrasound examinations.
ISSN: 2053-3713 (online)
DOI: 10.1049/htl.2016.0043
Rights: © The Institution of Engineering and Technology
Type: Article
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