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PACS Costs: Modelling And Simulation
Author(s): A. R. Bakker; W. J. J. Stut; J. P. J. Valk; G. L. Reijns
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Paper Abstract

The advantages to be expected of full-scale PACS implementation are widely described in literature. In the decision to introduce such systems costs however will also play an important part. The benefits to be achieved should outbalance the costs. In this paper the development of a software package for cost assessment is described. The configuration requirements are determined starting from the workload of the radiology department and a PACS model using results of simulation studies. Of course additional user requirements are important input parameters (e.g. number of workstations, screen resolution etc.). Data on costs of the various configuration components and the expected future trends in these costs are used to estimate the costs of the specific PACS as a function of time. Savings to be achieved in the various categories of resources are input (again with their trends) to lead to an overview of the total savings to be expected. The package results in a graph of net annual costs as a function of the moment of PACS introduction. In the package a critique module is foreseen that checks whether the data fed into the system are to a reasonable level in agreement with expert opinions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 1988
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0914, Medical Imaging II, (27 June 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.968758
Show Author Affiliations
A. R. Bakker, Bazis (The Netherlands)
W. J. J. Stut, Bazis (The Netherlands)
J. P. J. Valk, Bazis (The Netherlands)
G. L. Reijns, Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0914:
Medical Imaging II
Samuel J. Dwyer; Roger H. Schneider; Samuel J. Dwyer; Roger H. Schneider; Roger H. Schneider; Samuel J. Dwyer, Editor(s)

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