Laboratory of Informatics of Grenoble Engineering Human-Computer Interaction Research Group

Engineering Human-Computer Interaction
Research Group


ANR contract, nov. 2010 - juillet 2015

Up until recently the specialities which claim to be from medical imaging resulted mainly from radiology techniques shelves. Thereby, for the last ten years, the focus was essentially on the setting up of interpreting and storage units software’s stations for heavy equipment (MRI, SCANNERS). The value of these solutions is linked to the high price level of the connected appliances and the generated gains by saving on films. This strategy of the rollout predominantly centred on public hospitals ended up penetrating sharply the private companies in reference to the government incentives to archive the patients’ radiological films and to swap to digital only. This measure is still relevant today and it brings a real work comfort for the radiologic technicians, and ultimately for the radiologist himself. The non-radiological images production (images and video) and the use of these are more gruelling in some specialisms such as digestive endoscopy where the image is acquired, interpreted and used directly by the doctor in real time and without the help of manipulation. This “real time” operating mode makes tough the setting up of tools for acquisition or images scattering: a global solution, all in one, only could allow their emergence in operating theatre.

The Syseo project aims for the creation of a chain of collaborative processes to allow the hepato-gastroenterology endoscopy specialist to produce new images and to archive them easily. The software ergonomics and the use of new devices must take into account the real times constraints in order to extend, on one hand, the span of an examination, improving the quality of the treatment, on the other hand. This concern goes inevitably through the comparison of the acquired images during the examination with the previous images of the patient or those from his radiological or other morphological examinations. If the always more significant images production is an important condition upstream for the support of such systems, the Syseo project intervenes also downstream with the intention of making it collaborative. So, a gastroenterologist must be able to quickly call upon a colleague, either close or remote, to get a supplementary view or access efficiently to images databank in view of diagnosis to consolidate a sensitive observation. As well as, a specialist must be able to archive or submit an unusual image in the aim of an educational purpose. In the manner of the personnel assistants, a comprehensive solution, ergonomic, hyper communicating with real innovation aspects must consent to penetrate the captive and expanding segment of the imaging through gastroenterology, in the home market as well as in the international market. The recommendations of the French Health High Authority (HAS), as far as the patients follow-up is concerned, lead however a lot of practitioners to think on how to arm themselves with tools and their benefits which they could yet be held responsible for. It's a leap that the radiologists took more simply due to the nature itself of their examinations. This is an approach to be achieved by the gastroenterology endoscopy specialists to promote their know-how and to make good use of computer urbanization’s projects of their medical institutions.


Gaëlle Calvary, Yann Laurillau, Joëlle Coutaz


31 partners coordinated by UCL,
Hospices Civils de Lyon,
Institut polytechnique de Grenoble,
Université Blaise Pascal,
Université d’Auvergne,
Yansys Médical