About the Web-Based Radiology Viewer and Its Applications

The CEO of Medweb in San Francisco, California, Peter Killcommons oversees the radiology, telemedicine, and disaster response divisions. Peter “Pete” Killcommons invented the web-based radiology viewer, also known as a Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) viewer. This web-based viewer allows doctors to see medical images in DICOM format via the Internet.

DICOM is an internationally accepted standard and protocol for exchanging medical images and other mediums within the healthcare industry. It defines the accepted file formats and workflows for sharing media for processes such as x-rays, MRI, and CT scans. The supported processes and workflows within the protocols include capturing and transmitting, querying and retrieving, printing and storage, and usage for diagnostics.

DICOM technology allows the uploading of radiological images, such as MRI and CT scans, into the cloud for other experts, such as radiologists, to review and give feedback. The technology is available for personal computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets and can handle images, videos, 3D media formats, and accompanying relevant data, such as patients’ names.

DICOM viewers offer instant access and minimal installation requirements as long as users are equipped with a sending or viewing gadget, an internet connection, and a web-based DICOM viewing program. The viewer also provides options for users to navigate and manipulate the media.