Design and implementation of an Internet-based medical image viewing system

Shawn P. Laird, Johnny S.K. Wong, William J. Schaller, Bradley J. Erickson, Piet C. De Groen

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Electronic medical image viewers combined with picture archival and communication systems have become a common part of how hospitals manage their images. Typically, these electronic viewers are platform-dependent and are designed to make use of images stored on a workstation or local area network. However, the rise of the Internet and the ubiquity of the Web browser open up a wide range of new possibilities for distributing and accessing these images. The Internet allows us to pull information distributed across many geographically separated data sources, while the Web browser provides a common environment from where programs can be launched. This document details the design of an Internet-based, platform-independent medical image viewing system that harnesses the potential of these technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-181
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Systems and Software
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 15 2003
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
He was involved in projects on intelligent multi-agents for intrusion detection and countermeasures funded the Department of Defense (DoD), database generating and X-ray displaying on the World Wide Web applications funded by Mayo Foundation. Currently, he is working on the CISE Educational Innovation: Integrated Security Curricular Modules and NSF SFS Program on Information Assurance, both funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Funding Information:
He has been an investigator for research contracts with Telecom Australia from 1983 to 1986, studying the performance of network protocols of the ISDN. During this period, he has contributed to the study and evaluation of the communication architecture and protocols of ISDN. From 1989 to 1990, he was the Principal Investigator for a research contract with Microware Systems Corporation at Des Moines, Iowa. This involved the study of coordinated multimedia communication in ISDN. In Summers 1991 and 1992, Dr. Wong was supported by IBM corporation in Rochester. While at IBM, he worked on the distributed computing environment (DCE) for the application systems. This involved the integration of communication protocols and distributed database concepts. Dr. Wong is also involved in the coordinated multimedia system (COMS) in Courseware Matrix Software Project, funded by NSF synthesis Coalition project to enhance engineering education. From 1993–1996, he is the working on a research project on a knowledge-based system for energy conservation education using multimedia communication technology, funded by the Iowa Energy Center. From 1995–1996, he was supported by the Ames Laboratory of the Department of Energy (DOE), working in Middleware for Multidatabases system.


  • Medical imaging
  • Picture archival and communication systems
  • Telemedicine
  • Teleradiology


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