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Educational RIS/PACS simulator
Author(s): Zheng Zhou; Maria Y. Y. Law; H. K. Huang; Fei Cao; Brent J. Liu; Jianguo Zhang; Greg T. Mogel; Jun Zhuang
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Paper Abstract

Many educational courses have been designed for training radiologists and allied healthcare providers to operate PACS workstations. There are yet tools available for educational training of PACS concepts and workflow analysis. We have designed and implemented a RIS/PACS Simulator for this purpose. The RIS/PACS Simulator consists of six key components simulating a typical clinical RIS/PACS: RIS simulator, acquisition modality Simulator (AMS), DICOM gateway, PACS controller (UNIX-based), clinical viewing workstation, and network infrastructure with a 100mbits/sec Ethernet switch connecting to all these components. A generic RIS and a generic DICOM compliant PACS software package are used to simulate normal clinical data flow. Using this simulator, trainees can: 1. Observe clinical RIS/PACS operation, component by component 2. Trace image flow through each component 3. Identify PACS data flow bottle neck 4. Induce failure in a component to observe its impact on the PACS workflow and operation RIS/PACS simulator is a valuable tool for participants to gain knowledge of the complexity of RIS/PACS data flow with hands-on experience. As a stand-alone system, it also becomes a good test bed for evaluation of medical imaging applications without interrupting clinical workflow.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5033, Medical Imaging 2003: PACS and Integrated Medical Information Systems: Design and Evaluation, (19 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.481940
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Zheng Zhou, Children's Hospital Los Angeles/Univ. of Southern California (United States)
Maria Y. Y. Law, Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ. (Hong Kong)
H. K. Huang, Children's Hospital Los Angeles/Univ. of Southern California (United States)
Fei Cao, Children's Hospital Los Angeles/Univ. of Southern California (United States)
Brent J. Liu, David Geffen School of Medicine/Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Jianguo Zhang, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics (China)
Greg T. Mogel, Children's Hospital Los Angeles/Univ. of Southern California (United States)
Jun Zhuang, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5033:
Medical Imaging 2003: PACS and Integrated Medical Information Systems: Design and Evaluation
H. K. Huang; Osman M. Ratib, Editor(s)

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