Digital Tutorial Archive

E. Racanska, O. Dostal, M. Javornik, P. Ventruba, and M. Petrenko (Czech Republic)


PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System), DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine), Digital Image, Tutorial Database


Tutorial Database of digital images is an unique project which enables students and doctors in training to access large volumes of image data of real patients archived under fictitious identity. There 16 major medical specialties cooperating and forming archive of interesting and illustrative images. Image data of real patients from the Hospital PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) are complemented with DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine) Structured Report, anonymized and send to the Tutorial PACS. Tutorial PACS contains 800 files of digital images. There are 150 files completed by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Most of the images are ultrasound scans and digital recordings from the endoscopic surgeries. Every medical specialty has a guarantee responsible for the selection of images and complete description. Database is designated for students, uses interesting images from the hospital PACS and integrates various medical fields. Hospitals using the shared regional PACS can contribute to the database. Anonymous, fictitious identity protects the patient’s personal data and enables us to use the images for the educational purposes. Digital anonymous database and digital format teaching are an excellent alternative to the traditional way of teaching. Database combines rare, interesting findings and supports and improves medical education.

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