Value of a low-cost telemedicine link in the remote echocardiographic diagnosis of congenital heart defects

F. Casey, D. Brown, N. Corrigan, B. G. Craig, M. Quinn, B. McCord, J. Rogers, H. C. Mulholland

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Abstract

We established a low-cost telemedicine link from a district general hospital to the regional paediatric cardiology department about 120 km away. The link was used to transmit echocardiographic images of newborn infants suspected of having congenital heart disease (CHD) to the referral centre, with simultaneous video and audio contact for consultation. Echocardiograms were transmitted for 61 patients suspected of having CHD, aged from 1 to 42 days. The transmitted images were of adequate quality for the paediatric cardiologist to make a diagnosis in 59 (97%). Congenital heart abnormalities were diagnosed in 38 (64%). Twelve patients (20%) had major CHD diagnosed on the transmitted scan and required transfer to the regional cardiology unit either urgently or electively after initial measures to stabilize the patient. Our findings suggest that, for babies suspected of having CHD, ultrasound images of diagnostic quality can be obtained and transmitted using a low-cost telemedicine system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-48
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Volume4
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1998

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