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North by Northwestern: initial experience with PACS at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Author(s): David S. Channin; Rodney C. Hawkins; Dieter R. Enzmann
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the initial phases and configuration of the Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS) deployed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The primary goals of the project were to improve service to patients, improve service to referring physicians, and improve the process of radiology. Secondary goals were to enhance the academic mission, and modernize institutional information systems. The system consists of a large number of heterogeneous imaging modalities sending imaging studies via DICOM to a GE medical Systems PathSpeed PACS. The radiology department workflow is briefly described. The system is currently storing approximately 140,000 studies and over 5 million images, growing by approximately 600 studies and 25,000 images per day. Data reflecting use of the short term and long term storage is provided.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 2000
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3980, Medical Imaging 2000: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (18 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.386414
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David S. Channin, Northwestern Univ. Medical School (United States)
Rodney C. Hawkins, Northwestern Memorial Hospital (United States)
Dieter R. Enzmann, Northwestern Univ. Medical School (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3980:
Medical Imaging 2000: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues
G. James Blaine; Eliot L. Siegel, Editor(s)

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