Medical software developer Acuo Technologies today announced that its DICOM Services Grid is allowing physicians at Michigan State University to monitor the impact of malaria in Malawi, Africa.

With the installation of a GE magnetic resonance imaging unit at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi’s largest city, Acuo’s vendor-neutral DICOM Services Grid can transmit images to doctors at MSU over secure connections.

The combined technology will enable physicians to effectively deal with a wide range of illnesses before they are untreatable. Physicians now can diagnose and study the affect the disease has on an infected child’s brain, something that previously could only be done in an autopsy.

The university will also be using the Acuo DICOM Assisted Migration (ADAM) to move and virtualize data between their existing proprietary archive with their new GE medical imaging environment.

The project was possible through the efforts of James Potchen, an MSU distinguished professor of radiology and department chairperson. MSU looks to expand the project to other parts of the world.