Streaming technology: from games to tele-ultrasound

Kirill M. Arzamasov, Tatiana M. Bobrovskaya, Viktor A. Drogovoz
2022 Digital Diagnostics  
Backgraund: The rapid development of the gaming industry resulted in the emergence of a large number of technical tools and technologies with unique characteristics. One of these technologies, which has a high potential for use in medical diagnostics, is streaming (online streaming). By connecting an ultrasound scanner to a video capture system, it is possible to significantly expand the functionality of the diagnostic device. Aims: To investigate the possibility to apply information technology
more » ... of the gaming industry in telemedicine as illustrated by the example of tele-ultrasound. Materials and methods: In this study, an ultrasound video image was captured using a video capture system developed for gamers. The video was obtained during ultrasound of the brachycephalic arteries in the following modes: greyscale B-mode, color duplex and pulse Doppler mode. The examination was broadcast to a video streaming service in real time. Results: Optimal video image parameters were obtained and the minimum required video streaming settings were determined for an adequate remote evaluation by the expert sonologist. The following video capture workstation settings are recommended: video: 1280x720, 24fps, H.264encoder, bitrate: at least 350kbps. Conclusions: It is possible to use technical and software tools developed for video game streaming to provide tele-ultrasound.
doi:10.17816/dd100779 fatcat:zykz4xywffefvnod7fjfw25qsa