Advanced telecommunications in breast imaging - Streamlining telemammography, telepathology and teleoncology services to improve patient care

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Abstract

Teleradiology services are very common worldwide, and Full Field Digital Mammography (FFDM) systems have made it possible to include mammography. This is important because breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in many parts of the world and it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. In rural and medically underserved areas, mammography rates are lower than in urban areas for a variety of reasons, including lack of dedicated screening facilities and/or personnel, poor compliance, and large distances between patients and clinics (making it difficult to return for follow-up care). Once possible cancers are detected, biopsies are performed but in many cases reports are very slow to get back to the patient and/or local clinician impacting treatment and follow-up. Telepathology can address this situation. Patients may also require oncology services and in rural areas they are often limited or non-existent. Real-time teleoncology services can facilitate treatment and counseling. Finally, breast care support and education can be facilitated by virtual support groups and broadcasting education lectures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBreast Imaging - 12th International Workshop, IWDM 2014, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
Pages38-43
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783319078861
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event12th International Workshop on Breast Imaging, IWDM 2014 - Gifu City, Japan
Duration: Jun 29 2014Jul 2 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8539 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other12th International Workshop on Breast Imaging, IWDM 2014
CountryJapan
CityGifu City
Period6/29/147/2/14

Keywords

  • distance education
  • telemammography
  • teleoncology
  • telepathology
  • virtual support groups

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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