An Internet-based nuclear medicine teaching file.J Nucl Med. 1995 Aug; 36(8):1520-7.JN
Teaching file cases play an important role in the training of nuclear medicine residents; however, film-based teaching files have limitations, such as difficulty in accessing cases in a department with several remote clinical sites. The goal of this project was to develop a digital teaching file with the capability for local and remote (Internet) network access, with the additional requirements that viewing existing cases and addition of new cases be easy and simple.
The teaching file software (TF-Web) utilizes applications developed for the World-Wide-Web in combination with locally developed programs for importing images, entering case information, indexing, searching, case selection and case editing. The time required to add cases to the TF-Web and to access existing cases from local and remote network sites as well as computer storage requirements were assessed.
Cases entered in TF-Web may be viewed either with or without diagnoses and may be accessed with acceptable speed (2-14 sec) from both local and remote network sites. A relatively complex case required 1.2 megabytes of storage, with lesser storage requirements for simpler cases.
A digital teaching file has been developed that allows easy access from computers located both locally and elsewhere on the Internet. Digital storage requirements are reasonable, and, because of the unique nature of TF-Web, case storage may be distributed among multiple institutions.