PRESENTATION OF MEDICAL IMAGES ON THE WWW Samo Ribarič University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine, Ljubljana, Slovenia email@example.com
PRESENTATION OF MEDICAL IMAGES ON THE WWW • Summary • We developed some solutions related to integration and presentation of medical images organised in a World Wide Web (WWW) database. To solve these problems we developed a prototype of an open access, bilingual (Slovenian and English) WWW database of medical images for the field of dermatology. This dermatology database includes a graphic interface with four modes of access: (1) browsing, (2) searching, (3) comparison of images, and (4) self-testing. The quantity and quality of requests to this WWW database was estimated with log file analysis. There was a steady increase in the number of users and volume of data transferred from the dermatology WWW database. • Ribaric S, Todorovski L, Dimec J, Lunder T. Presentation of dermatological images on the Internet. Comput Methods Programs Biomed. 2001 May;65(2):111-21. PMID: 11275331
PRESENTATION OF MEDICAL IMAGES ON THE WWW • Key learning points • Multimedia medical databases on the WWW are a platform for the development of information and educational tools suitable for life-long learning. • The usefulness of a digital library, as an every day reference tool, also dependson it’s size and coverage of the topic it is specialised for. • Relevance for other EU Member States • The amount of work necessary for building a comprehensive WWW digital library of medical images is bound to exceed the available funds of a single EU Member State. Co-operative work between EU Member States is the only long-term solution of this problem. • Internet technology facilitates and stimulates co-operative work on medical databases. • Open access multimedia medical databases on the WWW could contribute towards the harmonisation of medical education standards among EU Member States and life long learning.