Low-cost ISDN videoconferencing equipment for orthopaedic second opinions

Baruffaldi, F.; Mattioli, P.; Toni, A.; Klutke, P. J.; Englmeier, K. H.
March 1999
Journal of Telemedicine & Telecare;Mar1999 Supplement 1, Vol. 5, p37
Academic Journal
We validated the application of low-cost ISDN videoconferencing equipment for telemedicine. A telemedicine benchmark was designed and four different office videoconferencing systems were evaluated, all using basic-rate ISDN connections (128 kbits). All the low-cost systems showed generally good or acceptable performance for clinical use. We also investigated the feasibility of videoconferencing for an orthopaedic second-opinion service. Eight point-to-point conferences were conducted to discuss real clinical cases by use of interactive sharing of medical images. The average duration of each session was 35 min. Encouraging results were obtained.


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