Online Journal of Space Communication

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Telemammography Using T1-Rate Satellite Communications



Breast cancer screening through mammography is recommended for tens of millions of American women. Most breast cancer experts, including radiologists who interpret mammography images, reside in large medical facilities, leaving many millions of women far from necessary breast cancer expertise. The coming generation of regional and global satellite networks, providing low-cost T1 rate links, provide a timely opportunity to significantly improve the accessibility of breast cancer expertise, and ultimately the quality of life for millions through satellite-based telemammography. Satellite telemammography also represents a potential market of millions of telemedicine sessions for the satellite service providers. A number of technical and clinical issues which inhibit viable satellite telemammography are currently being addressed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Lewis Research Center in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and the University of Virginia through the Satellite Telemammography Network Experiment using NASA's Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS), as described in this paper.

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