Teleultrasound: Historical perspective and clinical application

Adilson Cunha Ferreira, Edward O'Mahony, Antonio Hélio Oliani, Edward Araujo Júnior, Fabricio da Silva Costa

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Abstract

The health care of patients in rural or isolated areas is challenged by the scarcity of local resources, limited patient access to doctors and hospitals, and the lack of specialized professionals. This has led to a new concept in telemedicine: teleultrasonography (or teleultrasound), which permits ultrasonographic diagnoses to be performed remotely. Telemedicine and teleultrasonography are effective in providing diagnostic imaging services to these populations and reduce health care costs by decreasing the number and duration of hospitalizations and reducing unnecessary surgical procedures. This is a narrative review to present the potential clinical applications of teleultrasonography in clinical practice. The results indicate that although barriers persist for implementing teleultrasonography in a more universal and routine way, advances in telecommunications, Internet bandwidth, and the high resolution currently available for portable ultrasonography suggest teleultrasonography applications will continue to expand. Teleultrasound appears to be a valuable addition to remote medical care for isolated populations with limited access to tertiary healthcare facilities and also a useful tool for education and training.

Original languageEnglish
Article number306259
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
Volume2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

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