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PACS/HIS integration in handling and viewing ICU images generated by a phosphorplate scanner
Author(s): Erwin Bellon; Michel Feron; Bart Van den Bosch; Wilfried Houtput; Mark Vanautgaerden; Johny Verschakelen; Albert L. Baert; Paul Suetens; Guy Marchal
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Paper Abstract

We argue that efficient access to digital images for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) requires the PACS to be strongly integrated within the overall working environment. This includes tailoring the imaging environment towards the specific working organization as well as integrating it with the HIS. The purpose of this project was to implement an integrated environment for chest images generated using a recently introduced phosphorplate scanner. PACS-HIS-Modality integration is reflected in our environment in different ways. The user interface of the viewing station is centered around often used patterns in ICU viewing. Information about bed occupancy is retrieved from the HIS and exploited in the viewing station. A digital connection between the phosphorplate scanner and the HIS ensures that images are correctly related to other patient information and to previous images of the patient. Using minor adaptations to the existing HIS, PACS and HIS have been made to cooperate in integrated presentation of images and reports. As work in progress, this integration has been expanded towards hypermedia, linking annotations in images to sections in a textual or spoken report. We discuss the relation between PACS and the global information environment, emphasizing organizational issues rather than technological aspects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2711, Medical Imaging 1996: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (1 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.239240
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Erwin Bellon, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Michel Feron, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Bart Van den Bosch, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Wilfried Houtput, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Mark Vanautgaerden, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Johny Verschakelen, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Albert L. Baert, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Paul Suetens, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Guy Marchal, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2711:
Medical Imaging 1996: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues
R. Gilbert Jost; Samuel J. Dwyer, Editor(s)

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