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Radiologic image communication and archive service: a secure, scalable, shared approach
Author(s): Linda L. Fellingham; Jagdish C. Kohli
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Paper Abstract

The Radiologic Image Communication and Archive (RICA) service is designed to provide a shared archive for medical images to the widest possible audience of customers. Images are acquired from a number of different modalities, each available from many different vendors. Images are acquired digitally from those modalities which support direct digital output and by digitizing films for projection x-ray exams. The RICA Central Archive receives standard DICOM 3.0 messages and data streams from the medical imaging devices at customer institutions over the public telecommunication network. RICA represents a completely scalable resource. The user pays only for what he is using today with the full assurance that as the volume of image data that he wishes to send to the archive increases, the capacity will be there to accept it. To provide this seamless scalability imposes several requirements on the RICA architecture: (1) RICA must support the full array of transport services. (2) The Archive Interface must scale cost-effectively to support local networks that range from the very small (one x-ray digitizer in a medical clinic) to the very large and complex (a large hospital with several CTs, MRs, Nuclear medicine devices, ultrasound machines, CRs, and x-ray digitizers). (3) The Archive Server must scale cost-effectively to support rapidly increasing demands for service providing storage for and access to millions of patients and hundreds of millions of images. The architecture must support the incorporation of improved technology as it becomes available to maintain performance and remain cost-effective as demand rises.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2606, Digital Image Storage and Archiving Systems, (21 November 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.227240
Show Author Affiliations
Linda L. Fellingham, Pacific Bell (United States)
Jagdish C. Kohli, Pacific Bell (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2606:
Digital Image Storage and Archiving Systems
C.-C. Jay Kuo, Editor(s)

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