Database for Medical Images in Developing Nations

by Alexander H
Medical images have provided a strong foundation for the health care system in diagnosis and medical studies. Traditionally, developing nations have recorded and viewed images from film rolls. However, as technology advances, digitizing these images have become the normal means of use in many countries, but developing nations have yet to see this switch. “Database Management System for Digitized Medical Images” is a journal that seeks to eradicate this gap in technologies and bring together medical images into one cohesive package. The journal states the importance of having the ability to share medical images in a system that can be readily available to the health care system. Essentially, the database that is proposed will take medical images and digitize them. These images are then stored in the database where the user can call for these images and the database converts them back to grayscale for viewing. The conversion process will be handled by a program called Matlab. Once compiled, SQL will be the database management system of choice. Handling the user end viewing of the database will be the result of C# programming. The journal believes that bridging the gap with the use of this database management system will greatly affect the health care industry and its worldwide application can share rare medical anomalies readily.

Databases are utilized across companies to share information quickly and accurately. This idea and database design reveal the impact of a database under the simple pretense of sharing information. Doctors deal with unique cases and need a means of sharing their findings with other doctors. Many other health care specialists may benefit from the information provided and thus more lives can be saved in the end.

I think this idea is monumental for the health care system, especially in developing nations. It is sad to think that many of us have more computing power in our cell phones than these nations and the bridge between knowledge and technology needs to be established in order to provide maximum aid to these nations.


Ajala Funmilola A, Opasola Tomilola R, Falohun Adeleye S, Fenwa Olusayo D. “Database Management System for a Digitized Medical Image”.Journal of Biology, Agriculture and Healthcare
Vol 2, No.3, 2012 Retrieved on May 4, 2012)

3 thoughts on “Database for Medical Images in Developing Nations

  • May 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Interesting article. I also think it is important to have database systems that can easily store images, documents, etc. because in the medical field, doctors would need to store all different kinds of images, such as x-rays, to share with their patients and doctors, or to simply compare results. I agree that this kind of system is crucial for healthcare systems.

  • May 6, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    It is a interesting concept. I can imagine the storage space required for a database would be extensive, but digitizing medical images sounds very useful and efficient. I have seen it in use with x-rays at the dental office.

  • May 6, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    The idea of disseminating vital information to areas that might not otherwise have access is a great idea, I was wondering if it would be possible for the medical communities that would benefit from this information might have the capability to access this information via cloud-based storage? Thus it would reduce physical requirements on their end and still allow access to multiple areas without having to localize the information, and even higher-level processes could be performed via cloud rather than on-site. Just an idea, and I’m not exactly experienced with these technologies so I could be off by a mile.

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