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Issues and solutions for interfacing a PACS database with an RIS
Author(s): Claudine M. Breant; Ricky K. Taira; Gregory H. Tashima; H. K. Huang
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Paper Abstract

We describe the interfacing methods between our departments RIS (Radiological Information System) and PACS database. Sharing information has become an increasingly important issue for both systems. RIS study information should be available at the PACS workstation to complete the image description. Patient scheduling, admission and discharge information are critical to PACS for improving image routing and storage management algorithms. The design of the interface between the RIS and the PACS database involves the development of some standardization methods. These include the network communication protocol between the two database servers, the language mapping operations, the database result format and the error handling. The implementation of the interface is in two steps. In the first one, a subset of RIS data is automatically transmitted to the PACS database when some relevant events occur in the RIS. In a second phase, the user at the PACS workstation can directly initiate queries to the RIS. The PACS SQL server (UNIX based) sends SQL network requests as ASCII text to the RIS MUMPS database server (VAX based). The RIS server translates the SQL requests to MUMPS, executes the statements and returns ASCII results to the SQL server. We have been able to exchange information between the RIS and the PACS display programs. RIS text reports can be displayed on PACS workstations. RIS information can be used into pre-fetch algorithms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1992
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1654, Medical Imaging VI: PACS Design and Evaluation, (1 July 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.60277
Show Author Affiliations
Claudine M. Breant, UCLA School of Medicine (United States)
Ricky K. Taira, UCLA School of Medicine (United States)
Gregory H. Tashima, UCLA School of Medicine (United States)
H. K. Huang, UCLA School of Medicine (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1654:
Medical Imaging VI: PACS Design and Evaluation
R. Gilbert Jost, Editor(s)

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