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Clinical experience with PACS at Northwestern: year two
Author(s): David S. Channin M.D.; Rodney C. Hawkins; Dieter R. Enzmann M.D.
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Paper Abstract

We have previously described the PACS configuration at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH). As opposed to an imaging modality, PACS is an evolving system that continuously grows and changes to meet the needs of the institution. The NMH PACS has grown significantly in the past year and has undergone significant architectural enhancements. This growth and evolutionary change will be described and discussed. The system now contains over 339,000 studies consisting of over 13 million images. There are now two short-term RAID storage units that provide for twice as much fast storage. There are also two magneto-optical disk jukeboxes providing long-term archive. We have deployed a redundant database to improve reliability of the system in the event of database failure. The number of modalities connected to the system has increased and will be summarized. Statistics describing utilization of the PACS will be shown. Lastly, we will discuss our plans for exploiting the application service provider model in our PACS environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 August 2001
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4323, Medical Imaging 2001: PACS and Integrated Medical Information Systems: Design and Evaluation, (7 August 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.435466
Show Author Affiliations
David S. Channin M.D., Northwestern Univ. Medical School (United States)
Rodney C. Hawkins, Northwestern Memorial Hospital (United States)
Dieter R. Enzmann M.D., Westwood Medical Ctr./Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4323:
Medical Imaging 2001: PACS and Integrated Medical Information Systems: Design and Evaluation
Eliot L. Siegel; H. K. Huang, Editor(s)

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