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Design of a multivendor PACS network for a university hospital environment
Author(s): Steven L. Fritz; Wayne Thornton DeJarnette
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Paper Abstract

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is currently building a PACS network to link all its digital modalities (CT, MR, DSA and Ultrasound) together to provide four basic services: laser imager sharing, archiving, teleradiology and centralized resident review of all after hours cases. The objective is to provide the full digital contrast range for all modalities. Like most large hospitals UMMS has digital equipment from a variety of vendors. We have designed a system to connect modalities from Siemens and General Electric together with a variety of ultrasound manufacturers and several 3M laser imagers into a coherent network. The principal obstacles to such an effort are the lack of standardized network interfaces and the use of proprietary image data storage formats. Our goal is to use the ACR-NEMA file format and interface standard to the maximum extent practicable to resolve these difficulties. Since UMMS doe not have the financial resources or incentives to purchase a complete commercial PACS system we have opted to develop a lower performance but more affordable alternative to accomplish the above objectives. We will discuss the obstacles to interfacing with each manufacturer''s system(s), the solutions agreed upon and the resulting overall design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1992
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 1654, Medical Imaging VI: PACS Design and Evaluation, (1 July 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.60313
Show Author Affiliations
Steven L. Fritz, Univ. of Maryland/Baltimore (United States)
Wayne Thornton DeJarnette, DeJarnette Research Systems, Inc. (United States)

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

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