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February 1993

Computerized Slide Show for the 1990s Lecturer

Author Affiliations

From the Deptartment of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Miami (Fla), School of Medicine.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1993;119(2):226-228. doi:10.1001/archotol.1993.01880140116018

• One of the most difficult and time-consuming tasks of writing and presenting papers is the review and coordination of patient photographic records. For years, not only has the 35-mm slide been the means of photographic storage for patient records, but also the standard for illustrating lectures and presentations. This current method is cumbersome and time consuming. We have used existing software of the Cameo II and imaging system to prepare, create, and present illustrations for lectures. Patient images are digitalized from any source (eg, photographs, slides, video tape) and electronically stored in the computer along with the computer-generated illustrations. When a lecture is prepared, the images are arranged sequentially in an electronic carousel. This computerized program is recorded on video tape and simply played through the video projector during the presentation to display the images. This system is more efficient since any stored image can be displayed instantaneously in any order without the handling of 35-mm slides. The only limitation of this system is the user's imagination. As the current trend in computer technology continues with high-resolution TV and video systems, the 35-mm slide presentation will become obsolete.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1993;119:226-228)

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