Evaluation of a Novel Teleradiology Technology for Image-Based Distant Consultations: Applications in Neurosurgery

Diagnostics (Basel). 2021 Aug 4;11(8):1413. doi: 10.3390/diagnostics11081413.


In emergency settings, fast access to medical imaging for diagnostic is pivotal for clinical decision making. Hence, a need has emerged for solutions that allow rapid access to images on small mobile devices (SMD) without local data storage. Our objective was to evaluate access times to full quality anonymized DICOM datasets, comparing standard access through an authorized hospital computer (AHC) to a zero-footprint teleradiology technology (ZTT) used on a personal computer (PC) or SMD using national and international networks at a regional neurosurgical center. Image datasets were sent to a senior neurosurgeon, outside the hospital network using either an AHC and a VPN connection or a ZTT (Image Over Globe (IOG)), on a PC or an SMD. Time to access DICOM images was measured using both solutions. The mean time using AHC and VPN was 250 ± 10 s (median 249 s (233-274)) while the same procedure using IOG took 50 ± 8 s (median 49 s (42-60)) on a PC and 47 ± 20 s (median 39 (33-88)) on a SMD. Similarly, an international consultation was performed requiring 23 ± 5 s (median 21 (16-33)) and 27 ± 1 s (median 27 (25-29)) for PC and SMD respectively. IOG is a secure, rapid and easy to use telemedicine technology facilitating efficient clinical decision making and remote consultations.

Keywords: clinical decision-making; neurosurgery; remote consultation; telemedicine; teleradiology.