Background: Teleteaching of endoscopy has been limited by the exorbitant cost and time inherent in high-quality digital endoscopy video transmission. The Digital Video Transport System (DVTS) transmitted over advanced networks, such as Internet2 and the Asia-Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), provides a unique infrastructure for sharing uncompressed digital videos of endoscopy. This may allow high-quality, real-time, international training of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy techniques at a low cost. Objective: To test the proof of concept of long-distance teaching through live, interactive, high-resolution video transmission by using advanced networks and the DVTS. We used teleteaching of image-enhanced endoscopy techniques as a model. Design: Prospective multicenter pilot study. Setting and Participants: Trainees, faculty, and staff at 3 international endoscopy units. Intervention: An image-enhanced endoscopy video lecture with advanced-network technologies. Main Outcome Measurements: We compared image-based prelecture and postlecture test scores and secondarily assessed technical feasibility and quality. Results: The DVTS transmitted over advanced networks successfully transmitted uncompressed, high-resolution, digital lectures with endoscopic video (digital video format 720 × 480 pixels). Postsession scores improved. Participants highly rated the technical and informational quality. The majority reported a definite interest in participating in future sessions, with a mean rating (out of 5 [scale 1-5]) of 4.7 ± 0.5. Limitations: Pilot study with a limited number of participants and sessions. Conclusion: The DVTS transmitted over advanced networks such as Internet2 and APAN can provide the infrastructure for transmission of high-resolution, uncompressed video endoscopy for the purpose of teleteaching endoscopy.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging