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Integrated radiologist's workstation enabling the radiologist as an effective clinical consultant
Author(s): Kevin W. McEnery; Charles T. Suitor; Stan Hildebrand; Rebecca Downs; Stephen K. Thompson; S. Jeff Shepard
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Paper Abstract

Since February 2000, radiologists at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center have accessed clinical information through an internally developed radiologist's clinical interpretation workstation called RadStation. This project provides a fully integrated digital dictation workstation with clinical data review. RadStation enables the radiologist as an effective clinical consultant with access to pertinent sources of clinical information at the time of dictation. Data sources not only include prior radiology reports from the radiology information system (RIS) but access to pathology data, laboratory data, history and physicals, clinic notes, and operative reports. With integrated clinical information access, a radiologists's interpretation not only comments on morphologic findings but also can enable evaluation of study findings in the context of pertinent clinical presentation and history. Image access is enabled through the integration of an enterprise image archive (Stentor, San Francisco). Database integration is achieved by a combination of real time HL7 messaging and queries to SQL-based legacy databases. A three-tier system architecture accommodates expanding access to additional databases including real-time patient schedule as well as patient medications and allergies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 May 2002
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4685, Medical Imaging 2002: PACS and Integrated Medical Information Systems: Design and Evaluation, (16 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.467011
Show Author Affiliations
Kevin W. McEnery, M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr./Univ. of Texas (United States)
Charles T. Suitor, M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr./Univ. of Texas (United States)
Stan Hildebrand, M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr./Univ. of Texas (United States)
Rebecca Downs, M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr./Univ. of Texas (United States)
Stephen K. Thompson, M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr./Univ. of Texas (United States)
S. Jeff Shepard, M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr./Univ. of Texas (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4685:
Medical Imaging 2002: PACS and Integrated Medical Information Systems: Design and Evaluation
Eliot L. Siegel; H. K. Huang, Editor(s)

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