Revolutionizing Healthcare with Medical Imaging Mobile X-ray
Indeed, the medical world has experienced significant advancements and transformations with the aid of science and technology. These advancements have had a profound impact on various aspects of healthcare, including diagnosis, treatment, research, and patient care.
The field of medicine has witnessed substantial advancements in data collection, treatments, research, and medical devices such as hearing aids. These innovations, facilitated by technology, have greatly influenced the practice of medicine. They have led to improved accessibility to therapy for various illnesses, enhanced patient care, superior healthcare outcomes, and more effective disease prevention measures.
An industrial PC (IPC) can play a significant role in healthcare, particularly in the field of medical imaging. Medical imaging encompasses various techniques such as X-rays, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and more. These imaging modalities generate large amounts of data that need to be processed, stored, and analyzed in real-time. An industrial PC provides the necessary computing power, reliability, and durability to handle these demanding tasks.
Here are some key ways an industrial PC can be used in healthcare medical imaging:
- Image Acquisition and Processing: Industrial PCs can be integrated into medical imaging devices to capture and process images in real-time. These PCs are equipped with powerful processors, ample memory, and high-speed interfaces to handle the data generated by imaging modalities.
- Storage and Archiving: Medical images need to be stored securely and accessible for future reference. Industrial PCs can serve as central storage servers, enabling healthcare providers to store, retrieve, and manage a large volume of medical images efficiently. They often come with redundant storage options, such as RAID configurations, to ensure data integrity and reliability.
- Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS): PACS is a medical imaging technology that allows healthcare professionals to digitally store, retrieve, and distribute medical images and related information. Industrial PCs can act as PACS servers, providing the necessary computing power and storage capacity to manage the PACS infrastructure.
- Data Analysis and Visualization: Industrial PCs can run advanced algorithms and software applications for image analysis and visualization. These tasks may include automated detection of abnormalities, 3D reconstruction, and other image processing techniques to assist healthcare professionals in making accurate diagnoses.
- Integration with Hospital Information Systems (HIS): Industrial PCs can be integrated with the hospital's information systems, such as electronic health records (EHR) and clinical databases. This integration allows seamless sharing of medical images and associated patient information, enhancing the overall efficiency of healthcare workflows.
- Remote Access and Telemedicine: Industrial PCs can enable remote access to medical imaging data, facilitating telemedicine consultations and collaborations. Healthcare providers can securely access and review patient images from any location, leading to improved patient care and consultation efficiency.
- Durability and Reliability: Industrial PCs are designed to withstand challenging environments, including high temperatures, dust, and vibrations. These characteristics make them suitable for use in operating rooms, radiology departments, and other healthcare settings where reliability is crucial.
Overall, industrial PCs have the potential to enhance the efficiency, accuracy, and accessibility of medical imaging in healthcare settings, contributing to improved patient care and outcomes.
Some key area where science and technology have contributed to the evolution of medicine are Diagnosis and Imaging. Medical imaging technologies such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and ultrasound have revolutionized diagnostic capabilities. These imaging techniques allow healthcare professionals to visualize internal structures and detect abnormalities, aiding in the accurate diagnosis of diseases and conditions.
Scanning technologies like X-ray, computerized tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and others enable medical professionals to gain insights into a patient's internal conditions without the need for invasive procedures.
Due to the high demand for imaging from numerous patients each day and the limited availability of imaging machines in hospitals, there has been a development of more compact and mobile imaging machines. These portable and compact machines have the advantage of being able to reach patients directly instead of requiring patients to travel to the machines. This is particularly beneficial for patients with disabilities or injuries who can remain in bed while the imaging machine is brought to their bedside to conduct the necessary scans.
The portable and compact x-ray scanning device should possess mobility for easy movement, scanning capability, the ability to display results on a monitor, and sufficient processing power to analyze the scanned images.
To effectively differentiate between pre and post images and make predictions regarding potential metastasis or other pathological changes, a large database and significant AI processing power are necessary. Increased processing power in computing terms leads to higher heat generation. Furthermore, the ability to navigate the hospital and attend to patients at their bedside is advantageous, but this requires the system to withstand shocks and vibrations similar to those experienced in a moving vehicle.
The system intended for use in a workstation must also provide a high-definition video output to a high-resolution monitor, allowing doctors to thoroughly examine the scanned results and share them with patients. Additionally, the system should possess wireless communication capabilities to upload the scanned images to a storage server for future reference.
The customer discovered Neousys' Nuvo-8108GC Series industrial PC, which is capable of utilizing Intel's Xeon 8-core/16-thread processors and supports up to 128GB of ECC memory. This is highly advantageous for AI inference processing. What makes it even better is that, in comparison to traditional 2U/3U servers, the Nuvo-8108GC series industrial PC is roughly one-third the size but still offers similar processing power and the ability to add function cards for expansion. The series includes expansion PCIe slots for installing Ethernet with speeds of 10/5/2.5Gbps, or alternatively, mini-PCIe expansion slots can be used for Wi-Fi or LTE modules to wirelessly upload scanned data.
When the system is pushed to its limits, it employs a patented guided cool air and wind tunnel design that draws in cold air directly over the area generating concentrated heat. As a result, it can operate within a wide temperature range of -25°C to 60°C without experiencing significant performance degradation.