Next Article in Journal
The Role of microRNAs in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma
Next Article in Special Issue
A Shared Decision-Making Approach to Telemedicine: Engaging Rural Patients in Glycemic Management
Previous Article in Journal
Angiogenesis in Ischemic Stroke and Angiogenic Effects of Chinese Herbal Medicine
Open AccessArticle

Tele-Operated Echography and Remote Guidance for Performing Tele-Echography on Geographically Isolated Patients

1
Unite Medecine Physiologie Spatiale (UMPS-CERCOM) Faculte de Medecine, Tours 37032, France
2
MSP (Maison de Santé Pluridisciplinaire), Richelieu 37190, France
3
MSP (Maison de Santé Pluridisciplinaire), Ligueil 37240, France
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editors: Yolanda Blanco, Núria Solà-Valls, Rajender Gattu and Richard Lichenstein
J. Clin. Med. 2016, 5(6), 58; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm5060058
Received: 23 April 2016 / Revised: 3 June 2016 / Accepted: 8 June 2016 / Published: 13 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Telemedicine - Technical Developments and Clinical Practice)
Objective: To evaluate the performance of three tele-echography systems for routine use in isolated medical centers. Methods: Three systems were used for deep (abdomen, pelvis, fetal) and superficial (muscle, thyroid, carotid artery) examinations: (a) a robotic arm (RA) holding an echographic probe; (b) an echograph with a motorized probe (MP); and (c) remote guidance (RG) where the patient site operator performed the examination assisted by an expert via videoconference. All systems were tested in the same medical center located 60 km away from the university hospital. Results: A total of 340 remote echography examinations were performed (41% RA and MP, 59% RG). MP and RA allowed full control of the probe orientation by the expert, and provided diagnoses in 97% of cases. The use of RG was sufficient for superficial vessel examinations and provided diagnoses in 98% of cases but was not suited for deep or superficial organs. Assessment of superficial organs was best accomplished using the MP. Discussion: Both teleoperated systems provided control of the probe orientation by the expert necessary for obtaining appropriate views of deep organs but the MP was much more ergonomic and easier to use than the RA. RG was appropriate for superficial vessels while the MP was better for superficial volumic organs. View Full-Text
Keywords: tele-medicine; tele-echography; teleoperated probe; remote guidance tele-medicine; tele-echography; teleoperated probe; remote guidance
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Arbeille, P.; Zuj, K.; Saccomandi, A.; Andre, E.; De La Porte, C.; Georgescu, M. Tele-Operated Echography and Remote Guidance for Performing Tele-Echography on Geographically Isolated Patients. J. Clin. Med. 2016, 5, 58.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop