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Diagnostic report acquisition unit for the Mayo/IBM PACS project
Author(s): Everett G. Brooks; Melvyn L. Rothman
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Paper Abstract

The Mayo Clinic and IBM Rochester have jointly developed a picture archive and control system (PACS) for use with Mayo's MRI and Neuro-CT imaging modalities. One of the challenges of developing a useful PACS involves integrating the diagnostic reports with the electronic images so they can be displayed simultaneously. By the time a diagnostic report is generated for a particular case, its images have already been captured and archived by the PACS. To integrate the report with the images, the authors have developed an IBM Personal System/2 computer (PS/2) based diagnostic report acquisition unit (RAU). A typed copy of the report is transmitted via facsimile to the RAU where it is stacked electronically with other reports that have been sent previously but not yet processed. By processing these reports at the RAU, the information they contain is integrated with the image database and a copy of the report is archived electronically on an IBM Application System/400 computer (AS/400). When a user requests a set of images for viewing, the report is automatically integrated with the image data. By using a hot key, the user can toggle on/off the report on the display screen. This report describes process, hardware, and software employed to integrate the diagnostic report information into the PACS, including how the report images are captured, transmitted, and entered into the AS/400 database. Also described is how the archived reports and their associated medical images are located and merged for retrieval and display. The methods used to detect and process error conditions are also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1991
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1446, Medical Imaging V: PACS Design and Evaluation, (1 July 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45275
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Everett G. Brooks, IBM Corp. (United States)
Melvyn L. Rothman, IBM Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1446:
Medical Imaging V: PACS Design and Evaluation

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