Objectives—To develop a computer based storage system for clinical images—radiographs, photographs, ECGs, text—for use in teaching, training, reference and research within an accident and emergency (A&E) department. Exploration of methods to access and utilise the data stored in the archive.
Methods—Implementation of a digital image archive using flatbed scanner and digital camera as capture devices. A sophisticated coding system based on ICD 10. Storage via an “intelligent” custom interface.
Results—A practical solution to the problems of clinical image storage for teaching purposes.
Conclusions—We have successfully developed a digital image capture and storage system, which provides an excellent teaching facility for a busy A&E department. We have revolutionised the practice of the “hand-over meeting”.
- clinical images
- computer based system
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Funding: this project is supported by a grant from the Medic One Trust.
Conflicts of interest: none.
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