(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: us 6,275,869 Bi
Sieffert et al. (45) Date of Patent: *Aug. 14,2001
(54) SYSTEM FOR NETWORK
COMMUNICATION OF IMAGE
INFORMATION BETWEEN IMAGING
DEVICES ACCORDING TO MULTIPLE
(75) Inventors: Kent J. Sieffert, Minneapolis; Andrew R. Ihlenfeldt, Saint Paul, both of MN (US)
(73) Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, NY (US)
( * ) Notice: This patent issued on a continued prosecution application filed under 37 CFR 1.53(d), and is subject to the twenty year patent term provisions of 35 U.S.C. 154(a)(2).
Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
(21) Appl. No.: 08/720,882
(22) Filed: Oct. 4, 1996
Related U.S. Application Data
(63) Continuation-in-part of application No. 08/343,184, filed on Nov. 22, 1994, now Pat. No. 5,630,101.
(51) Int. C I. G06F 15/00
(52) U.S. CI 709/321; 710/11; 709/229
(58) Field of Search 709/229, 246,
709/321; 710/105, 106, 62, 64, 65, 73,
(56) References Cited
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A medical imaging system for communicating image information between a plurality of different medical imaging modalities having different input protocols and a plurality of different laser imagers having different output protocols takes advantage of a reusable, object-oriented software architecture having a plurality of functionally independent components. The individual components can be configured in a communication pipeline to communicate image information between a medical imaging modality and a laser imager according to desired protocols in a networked manner. Each component can be interchanged with a differently configured component to facilitate communication of image information according to a different protocol, thereby reconfiguring the pipeline to achieve significant flexibility. The software architecture is scalable to produce a plurality of communication pipelines, each of which can be configured according to desired protocols. Thus, the system can support a different protocol by either swapping components to reconfigure a single communication pipeline, or by simply selecting an alternative among a plurality of differently configured communication pipelines in the scalable architecture. The software architecture is equipped with a network executive component designed to configure one or more communication pipelines for network communication.
15 Claims, 5 Drawing Sheets