News | September 21, 2006

MedPix Accesses Medical Images for the Military

MedPix is a system designed to improve the way case-related medical data, including radiographs, can be accessed by medical professionals. The system was developed by James G. Smirniotopoulos, M.D., Uniformed Services University (USU) professor of Radiology, Neurology and Biomedical Informatics and Clinical Sciences Chair of the department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences.
"We wanted to make a Web-based teaching file to allow great cases to be shared by all of our military training programs,” said Dr. Smirniotopoulos. “We were also working toward the planned merger of the two local radiology programs at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center. Previously, they had two independent hard-copy film teaching files -- now they would be able to share a single, digital teaching file."
A new feature, Diagnostic Image Atlas, is a diagnostic aid that allows users to compare and match their own image data with a proven case in the MedPix database. MedPix currently has almost 30,000 peer-reviewed images in its relational database, and it has served more than 40 million pages since its debut. It also has a voice-recognition system in prototype that will create MedPix queries on the fly.

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