Randomized comparison of the quality of realtime fetal ultrasound images transmitted by ISDN and by IP videoconferencing

Chan, F. Y., Taylor, A., Soong, B., Martin, B., Clark, J., Timothy, P., Lee-Tannock, A., Begg, L., Cincotta, R. and Wootton, R. (2002) Randomized comparison of the quality of realtime fetal ultrasound images transmitted by ISDN and by IP videoconferencing. Journal of Telemedicine And Telecare, 8 2: 91-96. doi:10.1258/1357633021937532


Author Chan, F. Y.
Taylor, A.
Soong, B.
Martin, B.
Clark, J.
Timothy, P.
Lee-Tannock, A.
Begg, L.
Cincotta, R.
Wootton, R.
Title Randomized comparison of the quality of realtime fetal ultrasound images transmitted by ISDN and by IP videoconferencing
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine And Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
ISBN 1357-633x
Publication date 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1258/1357633021937532
Volume 8
Issue 2
Start page 91
End page 96
Total pages 6
Editor Prof Richard Wootton
Place of publication London
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subject C1
329999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
730199 Clinical health not specific to particular organs, diseases and conditions
Abstract We compared the quality of realtime fetal ultrasound images transmitted using ISDN and IP networks. Four experienced obstetric ultrasound specialists viewed standard recordings in a randomized trial and rated the appearance of 30 fetal anatomical landmarks, each on a seven-point scale. A total of 12 evaluations were performed for various combinations of bandwidths (128, 384 or 768 kbit/s) and networks (ISDN or IF). The intraobserver coefficient of variation was 2.9%, 5.0%, 12.7% and 14.7% for the four observers. The mean overall ratings by each of the four observers were 4.6, 4.8, 5.0 and 5.3, respectively (a rating of 4 indicated satisfactory visualization and 7 indicated as good as the original recording). Analysis of variance showed that there were no significant interobserver variations nor significant differences in the mean scores for the different types of videoconferencing machines used. The most significant variable affecting the mean score was the bandwidth used. For ISDN, the mean score was 3.7 at 128 kbit/s, which was significantly worse than the mean score of 4.9 at 384 kbit/s, which was in turn significantly worse than the mean score of 5.9 at 768 kbit/s. The mean score for transmission using IP was about 0.5 points lower than that using ISDN across all the different bandwidths, but the differences were not significant. It appears that IP transmission in a private (non-shared) network is an acceptable alternative to ISDN for fetal tele-ultrasound and one deserving further study.
Keyword Health Care Sciences & Services
Telemedicine
Consultation
Validation
Q-Index Code C1

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