|Workshop on Standardization in E-Health
Geneva, 23-25 May 2003
Force feedback remote ultrasound service
Numerous medical tele-operations bring out the requirement to transmit the "sense of touch". The service developed enables an
ultrasound examination to be carried out remotely. Designed with a continuous monitoring of medical specialists, it enables
an expert to remotely control an ultrasound probe by feeding back the delicate sensations of touch (hardness, roughness, etc.) and
to dialogue with the patient by videotelephony while displaying the real-time ultrasound images synchronised with the patients
Innovative technical solutions are developed in a strategic and realistic context, taking into account the medium term
deployment constraints of the service. Hence, remote virtual reality, haptic and tele-proprioception, and an essential
synchronised multiflow packaged generic communication module cohabit on an operating system widely used by health professionals
for the deployment of a service respecting the economy and organisation of the medical context.
Pioneer in the field, this project and its "force feedback", tele-proprioception, and multisensorial communication
module offers many service opportunities in the coming years.
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