(54) METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REMOTE
MONITORING OF PROCESSING STATUS IN
COMPUTER-AIDED DETECTION SYSTEMS
(75) Inventors: Jason Sattler, Beavercreek, OH (US);
Terry Dolwick, Enon, OH (US);
Telford Berkey, London, OH (US);
Thomas Fister, Lebanon, OH (US)
(73) Assignee: ICAD, Inc., Beavercreek, OH (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term ol this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 187 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 10/769,315
(22) Filed: Jan. 30, 2004
Related U.S. Application Data
(60) Provisional application No. 60/444,919, filed on Feb. 4, 2003.
(51) Int. CI.
G08B 1/00 (2006.01)
H04Q 1/30 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. CI 340/531; 340/539.12; 382/132
(58) Field of Classification Search 340/531,
340/539.12,539.17,539.18; 128/903; 382/132,
See application file for complete search history.
(56) References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
5,224,177 A * 6/1993 Doi et al 382/168
This invention relates to a method and system for remotely monitoring computer-aided detection (CAD) system processing status. In film-based CAD systems digital images are created by a film digitizer, which is typically loaded with 50 or 100 films. Occasionally, film feeding errors occur which halt the digitization. This invention provides a method and system for detecting the stoppage and for notifying an operator who is not in the vicinity of the digitizer. Notification is accomplished by a variety of methods including pager, telephone, cell phone, and mobile computing devices. In addition to notification of stoppages, the operator may choose to be notified when a certain number of films remain to be processed. This allows the digitizer to be loaded with additional films before the CAD system completes processing of the originally loaded set of films. System efficiency is increased by eliminating idle intervals where the CAD system is stopped awaiting input data.
31 Claims, 6 Drawing Sheets