Design and performance evaluation of a high-speed fiber optic integrated computer network for imaging communication systems.
AuthorNematbakhsh, Mohammed Ali.
KeywordsImaging systems in medicine -- Equipment and supplies.
Computer networks -- Design.
Computer networks -- Evaluation.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractIn recent years, a growing number of diagnostic examinations in a hospital are being generated by digitally formatted imaging modalities. The evolution of these systems has led to the development of a totally digitized imaging system, which is called Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). A high speed computer network plays a very important role in the design of a Picture Archiving and Communication System. The computer network must not only offer a high data rate, but also it must be structured to satisfy the PACS requirements efficiently. In this dissertation, a computer network, called PACnet, is proposed for PACS. The PACnet is designed to carry image, voice, image pointing overlay, and intermittent data over a 200 Mbps dual fiber optic ring network. The PACnet provides a data packet channel and image and voice channels based on Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) technique. The intermittent data is transmitted over a data packet channel using a modified token passing scheme. The voice and image pointing overlay are transferred between two stations in real-time to support the consultive nature of a radiology department using circuit switching techniques. Typical 50 mega-bit images are transmitted over the image channel in less than a second using circuit switching techniques. A technique, called adaptive variable frame size, is developed for PACnet to achieve high network utilization and short response time. This technique allows the data packet traffic to use any residual voice or image traffic momentarily available due to variation in voice traffic or absence of images. To achieve optimal design parameters for network and interfaces, the PACnet is also simulated under different conditions.
Degree ProgramElectrical and Computer Engineering