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Name of Collaboratory :


EU - TeleInViVo


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Collaboratory Status :

Completed   Start Date : 1998 End Date : 2002 Info Last Updated : Fri, Dec 5 2003 4:01am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Expert Consultation  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Product Development, Community Data Systems, Virtual Learning Community, Shared Instrument  

Domain(s) :

  Telemedicine, remote teleradiology  

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


EU - TeleInViVo's aim was to setup a mobile telemedicine workstation for use in isolated areas such as islands, rural areas, and crisis situations. The workstation integrated a custom-made, portable PC with telecommunication capabilities and a lightweight 3D ultrasound station. Field doctors could scan the sick or injured part of a patient's body and transmit the acquired 3D data set via phone line, ISDN, Internet or satellite to a distant expert. Physicians were then linked online to perform a "virtual echography" on the patient's 3D images on screen in real time.

The core of the system consisted of the Interactive Visualizer of Volume Data (InViVo) software, which allows remote physicians to take arbitrary slices through data and apply tools for filtering, measuring, segmenting and for planning trajectories.

Field testing occured between collaboration partners in Germany, Portugal, Kazakhstan, Uganda, the Canary Islands, and the Azores Islands.


Access to Instruments :

  Self-contained, portable ultrasound/radiology unit, with telecommunications applications

Access to Information Resources :

  Synchronous and asynchronous expert consultation; shared data display between distributed locations; cases are archived for future reference, secondary consultations, or training purposes.

Access to People as Resources :

  Expert consultation  

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

European Commission
Telematics Technologies Programme
United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Notes on Funding Agencies/Sponsors:

Organizations with Funded Participants:
Organization name:
Approx # of participants:
Description of organization's role(s):
Almaty Diagnostic Centre - Almaty, Kazakhstan
Clinical partner
Asociacion Centro Alta Technologia En Analisis Imagen (CATAI)
Consortium partner
Central Regional Hospital - Aralsk, Kazakhstan
Clinical partner
Centro de Computacao Grafica (CCG)
Consortium partner
Computer Graphics Center (ZGDV)
Consortium partner
ESAOTE- Pie Medical
Consortium partner
Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics (IGD)
Consortium partner
Hospitais da Universidade de Coimbra
Consortium partner
Hospital de Ponta Delgada
Consortium partner
Mulago Hospital
Clinical partner
Nakaseke Multi-Purpose Community Telecenter
Clinical partner
Consortium partner
University Hospital of the Canaries
Clinical partner

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Communications Technology Used :

  The doctor in the field scans the patient and transmits the acquired 3D dataset via: Internet, ISDN, phone line, or GSM.

Technical Capabilities :

  Management of technical resources
Access control/login facilities
Simulation, modeling, visualization
Support for transition between synch and asynch
Awareness of people's activities
Asynchronous object sharing
Index/metadata, General search capability, Centrally controlled knowledge base, Data stream capture, Email/attachments
Asynchronous conversation
Synchronous object sharing
Share visualization
Synchronous conversation
Audio, Instant messaging/chat
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Project-reported performance data :

  Images of the Collaboratory:  
The TeleInViVo device
Interface Sharing
InViVo ScanNT interface
EU-TeleInViVo World Map
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