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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 fine movements.

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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