Satellite transmission of Medical Images

Sridhar B. Seshadri, Ronald L. Arenson, Douglas F. Sprague, Joseph N. Gitlin

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A satellite image transmission system has been installed between an orthopedic clinic in suburban Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in central Philadelphia. The two facilities are approximately 15 miles apart. Images at the clinic are acquired with a laser scanning film digitizer at a 200 micron resolution. The resulting data (1680×2048×12 bits) are compressed using a non-destructive algorithm and transmitted via a Ku-Band satellite link to the hospital. The effective transmission rate is approximately one Mbit/second. Upon receipt, the images are restored before being archived and displayed on the existing Medical Image Management System in the Radiology Department. This paper describes the flow of image data and presents an overview of the technical aspects of the satellite transmission system. System parameters are tabulated and enhancements are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1416-1423
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jun 27 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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