Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science
Ahamed, Sheikh I.
The diagnostic radiology space and healthcare in general is a slow adopter of new software technologies and patterns. Despite the widespread embrace of mobile technology in recent years, altering the manner in which societies in developed countries live and communicate, diagnostic radiology has not unanimously adopted mobile technology for remote diagnostic review. Desktop applications in the diagnostic radiology space commonly leverage a validated toolkit. Such toolkits not only simplify desktop application development but minimize the scope of application validation. For these reasons, such a toolkit is an important piece of a company’s software portfolio. This thesis investigated an approach for leveraging a Java validated toolkit for the purpose of creating numerous ubiquitous applications for 3D diagnostic radiology. Just as in the desktop application space, leveraging such a toolkit minimizes the scope of ubiquitous application validation. Today, the most standard execution environment in an electronic device is an Internet browser; therefore, a ubiquitous application is web application. This thesis examines an approach where ubiquitous applications can be built using a viewport construct provided by a client-side ubiquitous toolkit that hides the client-server communication between the ubiquitous toolkit and the validated visualization toolkit. Supporting this communication is a Java RESTful web service wrapper around the validated visualization toolkit that essentially “webifies” the validated toolkit. Overall, this ubiquitous viewport is easily included in a ubiquitous application and supports remote visualization and manipulation of volumes on the widest range of electronic devices. Overall, this thesis provided a flexible and scalable approach to developing ubiquitous applications that leverage an existing validated toolkit that utilizes industry standard technologies, patterns, and best practices. This approach is significant because it supports easy ubiquitous application development and minimizes the scope of application validation, and allows medical professionals easy anytime and anywhere access to diagnostic images.