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Toshiba General Hospital PACS for routine in- and outpatient clinics
Author(s): Akihiro Toshimitsu; Nobuo Okazaki; Hiroyuki Kura; Eitaro Nishihara; Shinichi Tsubura
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Paper Abstract

The Toshiba General Hospital introduced a departmental RIS/PACS (Radiology Information System/Picture Archiving and Communication System) in the radiology department in May, 1993. It has been used routinely since that time. In order to provide efficient means for clinicians to find and read many images, the system has been expanded to the neurosurgery and urology clinics and wards since May, 1995, and five image referring workstations now provide digital images to clinicians. In this paper we discuss an algorithm for image migration, one of the key issues to accomplish the expansion to outpatient clinics successfully, and propose the WYWIWYG (what you want is what you get) image transfer logic. This is the logic used to transfer images that physicians require refer without increasing the traffic between the image server and referring workstations. We accomplish the WYWIWYG logic by prioritizing exams the physicians have not yet viewed and by finding historical exams according to the modality, anatomy, and marking. Clinicians gave us comments from their first use of the system and suggested that the PACS enables clinicians to review images more efficiently compared to a film-based system. Our experience suggests that it is a key to the effective application of PACS in outpatient clinics to incorporate consideration patterns of clinicians on the migration algorithm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2711, Medical Imaging 1996: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (1 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.239281
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Akihiro Toshimitsu, Toshiba Nasu Works (Japan)
Nobuo Okazaki, Toshiba General Hospital (Japan)
Hiroyuki Kura, Toshiba Nasu Works (Japan)
Eitaro Nishihara, Toshiba Medical Div. (Japan)
Shinichi Tsubura, Toshiba Medical Div. (Japan)


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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