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DECENTRALIZED DATA New Image Sharing Solution Aims to Harness the Power of Mobile Devices

As teleradiology has grown, teleradiology providers have moved toward web-based viewers and server-side rendering to distribute images among their radiologists. Working with images in this way reduces the need for software downloads on desktop and mobile devices, which are less secure than web-based viewers. In addition to teleradiology, cloud-based image storage and management solutions have also become more popular in recent years. Chris Hafey, chief technology officer at StatRad, thinks the future of image sharing and management is in the cloud, but he sees a potential problem: Because of a property called latency, the farther data have to travel, the more lag time accrues for the end user. Hafey says radiologists are accustomed to viewing rates of 50 frames per second; in some cases, images that have to travel across the entire United States via the cloud may be reduced to rates of 10 frames per second. To address this issue, Hafey approached the problem from a different direction. “We’ve thought about the entire process of images being delivered from the cloud to the web and converged on a strategy that leverages client-side rendering and advanced streaming protocols to deliver pixels on demand,” Hafey says. “Client-side rendering leverages the power that is built into the computer on your phone or on your desktop. Most web-based viewers don’t really take advantage of the horsepower on the computer.”

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