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Short-term storage allocation in a filmless hospital
Author(s): Nicola H. Strickland; Marc J. Deshaies; R. Anthony Reynolds; Jonathan E. Turner; David J. Allison
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Paper Abstract

Optimizing limited short term storage (STS) resources requires gradual, systematic changes, monitored and modified within an operational PACS environment. Optimization of the centralized storage requires a balance of exam numbers and types in STS to minimize lengthy retrievals from long term archive. Changes to STS parameters and work procedures were made while monitoring the effects on resource allocation by analyzing disk space temporally. Proportions of disk space allocated to each patient category on STS were measured to approach the desired proportions in a controlled manner. Key factors for STS management were: (1) sophisticated exam prefetching algorithms: HIS/RIS-triggered, body part-related and historically-selected, and (2) a 'storage onion' design allocating various exam categories to layers with differential deletion protection. Hospitals planning for STS space should consider the needs of radiology, wards, outpatient clinics and clinicoradiological conferences for new and historical exams; desired on-line time; and potential increase in image throughput and changing resources, such as an increase in short term storage disk space.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 1997
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3035, Medical Imaging 1997: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (22 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.274608
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Nicola H. Strickland, Royal Postgraduate Medical School/Hammersmith Hospital (United Kingdom)
Marc J. Deshaies, Royal Postgraduate Medical School/Hammersmith Hospital (United Kingdom)
R. Anthony Reynolds, Royal Postgraduate Medical School/Hammersmith Hospital (United Kingdom)
Jonathan E. Turner, Royal Postgraduate Medical School/Hammersmith Hospital (United Kingdom)
David J. Allison, Royal Postgraduate Medical School/Hammersmith Hospital (United Kingdom)


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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