Cardiovascular imaging environment: will the future be cloud-based?

Nadine Kawel-Boehm, David A. Bluemke

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Introduction: In cardiovascular CT and MR imaging large datasets have to be stored, post-processed, analyzed and distributed. Beside basic assessment of volume and function in cardiac magnetic resonance imaging e.g., more sophisticated quantitative analysis is requested requiring specific software. Several institutions cannot afford various types of software and provide expertise to perform sophisticated analysis. Areas covered: Various cloud services exist related to data storage and analysis specifically for cardiovascular CT and MR imaging. Instead of on-site data storage, cloud providers offer flexible storage services on a pay-per-use basis. To avoid purchase and maintenance of specialized software for cardiovascular image analysis, e.g. to assess myocardial iron overload, MR 4D flow and fractional flow reserve, evaluation can be performed with cloud based software by the consumer or complete analysis is performed by the cloud provider. However, challenges to widespread implementation of cloud services include regulatory issues regarding patient privacy and data security. Expert commentary: If patient privacy and data security is guaranteed cloud imaging is a valuable option to cope with storage of large image datasets and offer sophisticated cardiovascular image analysis for institutions of all sizes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-528
Number of pages8
JournalExpert review of medical devices
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 3 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiovascular imaging
  • PACS
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • cloud computing
  • private cloud

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Biomedical Engineering


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