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Design and implementation of an integrated PACS workstation in the ICU
Author(s): Claude Nahmias; David B. Kenyon; Lianne Tan; Craig L. Coblentz
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Paper Abstract

A PACS workstation grants to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) staff direct and convenient access to radiographic images. The special requirements of access to, and display of radiographic images in the ICU were considered in the design of a PACS workstation for the ICU. and implemented as an extension of the Image Management and Communication Systems (IMACS) network at McMaster University Medical Center. The majority of radiographic exams performed in the ICU are portable chest x-ray exams. These images are processed by Computed Radiography and immediately directed towards online storage on the ICU workstation's local disk. Our image display software interface for the workstation was specially designed for the ICU to provide patient data entry, fast thumbnail viewing of all images for the occupied beds, full resolution display, and image manipulation, all in a user- friendly graphical interface. The workstation has been in place in the ICU for 1.5 years. While there are upgrades still to be made to the computer and monitors, and changes to the workflow to be made, the workstation has established itself as a n important part of the ICU.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3035, Medical Imaging 1997: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (22 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.274580
Show Author Affiliations
Claude Nahmias, McMaster Univ. Medical Ctr. (Canada)
David B. Kenyon, McMaster Univ. Medical Ctr. (Canada)
Lianne Tan, McMaster Univ. Medical Ctr. (Canada)
Craig L. Coblentz, McMaster Univ. Medical Ctr. (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3035:
Medical Imaging 1997: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues
Steven C. Horii; G. James Blaine, Editor(s)

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