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The computer at the bedside: current use of dedicated systems in patient care
Scott P., Computer Science Press, Inc., New York, NY, 1987. Type: Book (9789780881750805)
Date Reviewed: Dec 1 1987

This is a well-written review of computer applications in medical diagnosis and treatment. I recommend it for hospital and clinic staffs as well as for computer professionals working in medical applications. Other readers may find the medical language too confusing.

The four major application areas covered are monitoring systems used in critical care settings (ICU, CCU, and OR), automated ECG diagnosis services, digital imaging systems (X-ray, CT, Radionuclide, Ultrasound, MRI, and PET), and computerized instrumentation in the EEG lab.

Each of these four sections contains three parts. First, a brief medical background is provided, which should be of interest to the computer professional. Second, state-of-the-art software and hardware are described. This section is written primarily for the medical professional. Since this is a chapter in a book rather than an isolated article, the author is free to refer to earlier chapters that explain the technical aspects of both software and hardware (especially such topics as analog-to-digital conversion and image processing). Third, an attempt is made to predict future developments. In each of these areas, the author is very careful to point out the disadvantages and limitations as well as the advantages and opportunities afforded by computerization.

Reviewer:  M. Snyder Review #: CR111829
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