Case Studies

Teleconference with Liaquat National Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan

On Friday 21st April, 2006, the University of North Carolina (UNC) transmitted a teleconference lecture on “Nuclear Medicine in GI Malignancies”.  Dr. Arif Sheikh, MD, Assistant Professor in Radiology and Internal Medicine delivered the talk to an audience of over 100 participants in the ‘Gastrointestinal Oncology Review & Consensus Meeting’ at the Liaquat National Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan.  The lecture was transmitted at a connection rate of 384 kbps, using ISDN lines arranged locally in Pakistan, and coordinated with UNC, and the NCI in Washington, DC.  The talk was transmitted using the Telesynergy System developed by the NCI.  Dr. Sheikh had initially been invited to personally visit Pakistan to speak at the occasion while he was visiting Pakistan for another conference in March, 2006, but due to conflicts in scheduling could not return.  He opted, however, to try and coordinate with the local technical expertise in Pakistan, and see if they could establish a link with the system that was present at UNC, with the aid of the developers from the NCI.  Once the details had been worked out, the link established was an excellent connection, with virtually no breaks in either transmission or degrading of transmission quality.  In fact, the NCI was able to listen in to the transmission between UNC and Pakistan without any apparent loss of quality.  The success of the undertaking made it worth while for those in the US to be involved with the project, even though they all had to be in at 5:30 AM given the time difference with Pakistan!  This will surely lead to future collaborations in similar ventures to recruit expert faculty speakers to speak at venues both domestically and abroad, cutting down both the great time and expense involved with having them travel to the venue, especially when many of them are in varied locations.  This certainly opens up doors to developing collaborations between institutions, and UNC and NCI are committed to develop technologies such as the Telesynergy system to promote such endeavors to promote academic development.

Contact Information:

Arif Sheikh , MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department of Radiology
CB #7510, 101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Voice: (919) 966-4238
Fax: (919) 966-5934


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