The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences hosts an online Medical Image Database called MedPix. The archive contains peer-reviewed and pathologically proven cases. MedPix also provides an Atlas function to display images with comparable meta-data.
MedPix, is a fully interactive product for storing, retrieving, and searching against a variety of medically relevant parameters. The interfaces are dynamic and the database is relational, providing a robust information tool that is now available to medical professionals anywhere in the world via the Internet. Additionally, interactive diagnostic and teaching services may also be provided, allowing multiple physicians to access and discuss multimedia files, and allowing physician’s a remote learning or expert platform by which interactive multimedia files may be created and the learning process facilitated via an automated program.
The most prominent features of the MedPix invention include:
+ Remote user input of case files
+ A verification process limiting access to new case files until approved by peer reviewers
+ A peer review process whereby users with comment privileges can append comment data to a case file
+ Enhanced case files, comprising simple and complex relationships, including a linking of related case files by specified components (e.g., the same patient file linked to multiple topics and image files)
+ interactive training systems for selectively displaying case file information, further linked to a training table including expert training file information interactively responsive to user-selected inputs, and also linked to a training table for storing student
+ A consultative program system for selectively presenting case fill information for contemporaneous or real-time review of multimedia medical case files
+ Privacy and access limitation features.
MedPix also includes a new diagnostic match service. Search parameters retrieve a series of images from the database, and these may be compared to an unknown image being evaluated remotely.
MedPix now incorporates tools and systems for generation of online testing with automatic scoring, report generation, and pre-test/post-test scenarios linked to online lectures for dynamic assessment of teaching efficacy.
MedPix was reviewed at the recent meeting of the Association of University Radiologists, and was ranked as the number two non-commercial teaching file, and number five in the overall evaluation.
MedPix is completely free and currently contains 29,506 images for 7,642 cases. Registration is not required, except for certain features like uploading cases, editing cases, and CME/CEU. It is available to the general public, and is not restricted to DoD.
MedPix has been running since 2000.