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Picture archiving and communication system developments expected in the 1990s
Author(s): Philip G. Drew; Lawrence D. Lorah; Michael J. Lydon; Elliott D. Novak
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Paper Abstract

Among the applications for high-bandwidth systems are medical picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). Viewed in the light of developments anticipated ten years ago when these systems were first discussed, progress has been disappointingly slow. However, with the recognition that teleradiology, digital archives, and computed radiography can be regarded as PAC subsystems, and that systems confined to a single modality can be regarded as mini-PACS, it becomes clear that development of PAC systems has made remarkable progress. Growing from modest size today, the markets for PAC systems and subsystems in the U.S. is likely to exceed $600 million by the end of the decade, a market of the same magnitude as those for CT, MRI, and catheterization lab equipment. This paper discusses the forces that have stimulated growth of PAC systems -- among them, the opportunity to provide better service to patients and referring physicians, a chance to expand effective service area, and a possible solution to the ubiquitous problems of lost films -- as well as the impediments that have retarded growth -- among them, technical limitations, especially of the radiologists' workstations, and cost. A review of these forces allows prediction of likely developments in the 1990s.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 January 1993
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 1785, Enabling Technologies for High-Bandwidth Applications, (20 January 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.139276
Show Author Affiliations
Philip G. Drew, Concord Consulting Group, Inc. (United States)
Lawrence D. Lorah, Concord Consulting Group, Inc. (United States)
Michael J. Lydon, Concord Consulting Group, Inc. (United States)
Elliott D. Novak, Concord Consulting Group, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1785:
Enabling Technologies for High-Bandwidth Applications
Jacek Maitan, Editor(s)

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