16:47 CET
RC 105 - Mobile devices in radiology
Imaging Informatics
Wednesday, February 27, 08:30 - 10:00
Room: X
Type of session: Refresher Course
Topic: Imaging Informatics
Moderator: O. Ratib (Geneva/CH)

Chairperson's introduction
O. Ratib; Geneva/CH
Learning Objectives

1. To give an overview of tools available on mobile devices for education and exam reporting.
2. To underline the impact of mobile devices in routine clinical activity.
3. To learn about the legislative backbone and potential drawbacks of mobile technology.


Mobile devices such as tablets and high-resolution smartphones are becoming widely available providing convenient mobile solutions for physicians and healthcare providers to access imaging data. This is particularly attractive in medicine where “nomad” physicians who need to be able to access relevant patient data and images anywhere-anytime in their daily practice where they are rarely a single location. While they may not always be adequate for routine diagnostic tasks, they provide a convenient mobile solution for on-call and remote consultations. There are different types of software architecture that can be implemented for such tasks. Two major different design are: (1) online web-based applications where the device serves as a “thin-client” to display images rendered and manipulated on a remote computer and (2) local applications that reside on the mobile device and can run independently after images have been downloaded on the device. The first solution requires the user to be constantly connected to the network, while the second solution can continue to function after disconnecting from the network. Most vendors are starting to provide web access to their imaging solutions that can be accessed from mobile devices. Web access can, however, be slow and dependent on reliable access to wireless network.

A. Security and confidentiality aspects of mobile computing
E. R. Ranschaert; Tilburg/NL
Learning Objectives

1. To provide an overview of technical solutions for patients' image and data mobility.
2. To provide a risk assessment analysis (data loss, privacy, etc.) of mobile technology.
3. To give an overview of European legislation in relation to patient image and data mobility.


Medical specialists and radiologists are using mobile devices to share and exchange medical information and images with other healthcare professionals. Usually, they need advice regarding a diagnosis or treatment, sometimes in an acute setting. Mobile devices with viewing apps and messaging services such as WhatsApp are frequently used for such purpose. Transmission of patient data by viewing apps or messaging services, however, does have several risks and limitations, mostly related to the security and privacy of patients, but also from an ethical and legal point of view. Some questions need to be answered: is this type of communication accurate for diagnosis, is it secure and legally allowed? What regulations or guidelines are available and what legislation is applicable? What secure options are available? In this scientific focus session these issues will be discussed in more depth.

B. Added value of mobile devices in education
E. Kotter; Freiburg/DE
Learning Objectives

1. To give an overview of tools available for e-learning.
2. To explore the potential impact of e-learning in the daily radiological practice.
3. To explore future developments and limits of e-learning.


E-learning has been used in radiology for more than 30 years. The lecture will give an introduction to and an overview of e-learning systems for radiology with emphasis on e-learning on mobile devices. Advantages and limitations of mobile e-learning will be discussed. An outlook to the future development of e-learning will be given.

C. Recommendations for reporting on mobile devices
N. H. Strickland; London/GB
Learning Objectives

1. To give an overview of available DICOM viewers and software for reporting imaging studies.
2. To discuss technical requirements of mobile devices for use in imaging interpretation.
3. To provide insight on future developments of imaging viewing technology.

Panel discussion: Can mobile technology supplement stationary technology in radiology?

Discussion will address main controversies of the use of mobile technology in a clinical environment such as image quality, data mobility, safety and legal issues, etc.

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