OHSU Sponsors International Telemedicine Conference

04/25/00    Portland, Ore.

Doctors in Czech Republic Will Consult Dotter Institute Staff on Procedure


Tele-Video Conference between Dotter Institute and three hospitals in the Czech Republic


Wednesday, April 26, 7 - 8:30 a.m. Live procedure at 7:25 a.m.


First floor conference room, BICC Library, OHSU

The Dotter Interventional Institute at Oregon Health Sciences University will hold its first multi-site, tele-video conference with three hospitals in the Czech Republic at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26. In addition to exchanging information with doctors half-a-world away, the staff of the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague will conduct a live stenting procedure of the kidney.

"Real-time consultation is the future of medicine in specialty fields such as interventional radiology," said Fred Keller, M.D., director of the Dotter Institute. "When you have a small number of specialists around the world, it is much easier to demonstrate a unique procedure via teleconference than to all gather in one location each year to share expertise."

The Dotter Institute has held teleconferences in the past, but with only one other party at a time. Recently, the Dotter Institute donated money for teleconferencing equipment to the hospitals and Czech Telecom donated ISDN lines for connection. The bond between Portland and Prague was solidified when Czech native Josef Rosch, M.D., became the founding director of the Dotter Institute in 1990 after pioneering many interventional procedures.

The teleconference, in part, commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Dotter Institute, named after the so-called father of interventional radiology, Charles Dotter, M.D., chairman of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at OHSU's School of Medicine from 1958 until his death in 1985. The Dotter Institute was established with a $2 million donation from William Cook of the Cook Group and is dedicated to providing education, research and patient care in the field of interventional radiology. Cook has continued his support of OHSU and the institute.

Interventional radiology is the field of non-surgical medicine that uses diagnostic imaging to direct catheters inside the body for treatment. Charles Dotter conceived the idea of interventional radiology and introduced transluminal angioplasty and other techniques for non-surgical vascular treatment while at OHSU. Since its founding, the Dotter Institute has been instrumental in advancing new stent devices and catheterization procedures for the treatment of spinal collapse, tumors and uterine fibroids, among others.