The EU-Teleinvivo project received the IST Prize and the IST Grand Prize 2001 – prizes awarded to the team that collaborated in the project by the European Council of Applied Sciences and Engineering (euro-CASE). These are the most prestigious awards in terms of projects or systems developed in the field of information technologies.
This European project was an example of technological development geared towards aid and medical care, seeking to remove gaps in health systems, such as the lack of specialists in rural and isolated areas, the need for users to travel for long distance consultation, lack of appropriate means of diagnosis at an affordable price, among others.
EU-Teleinvivo project (1998-2000)
The EU-Teleinvivo project consisted of the development of a portable telemedicine station with an ultrasound acquisition system (3D Ultrasound Telemedical Workstation).
The system could be used in isolated areas, such as islands and rural areas, or in crisis situations, in first aid services, ambulances or ships.
In this project, a fixed workstation was installed at the University Hospital of Coimbra for specialized diagnostic support. The Azores were included in the test network, as well as the Canary Islands. The UNESCO tested the EU-TeleInViVo in Uganda and in Kazakhstan, in two different cities in the two countries.
The field of application of EU-Televivivo at the medical level could go from gynecology to the diagnosis of the abdominal area. Using advanced techniques for the collection and treatment of three-dimensional data it was possible to obtain 3D ultrasound data by performing an “echo tomography”.
Image: the portable system based on an ultrasound scanner and on a computer capable of transmitting data
Partners of the project:
- IGD – Fraunhofer Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung, Germany
- CCG – Centro de Computação Gráfica, Portugal
- HUC – Hospitais da Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
- UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, France
- CATAI – Centro de Alta Tecnologia en Analisis de Imagen, Spain
- DSC – Dr. Staerk Computer Systeme GmbH, Germany
- HPD – Hospital de Ponta Delgada, Portugal
- PIE – Pie Medical BV, The Netherlands
- ZGDV – Zentrum für Graphische Datenverarbeitung, Germany
The Fraunhofer IGD was the project coordinator, executing software development and hardware integration together with CCG – Centro de Computação Gráfica – and ZGDV.
Paper: “EU-TeleInViVo: An integrated portable telemedicine workstation featuring acquisition, processing and transmission over low-bandwidth lines of 3D ultrasound volume images”