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Multivendor nuclear medicine PACS provide fully digital clinical operation at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
Author(s): Mike F. Georgiou; George N. Sfakianakis M.D.; Gary Johnson; Christos Douligeris; Silvia Scandar; E. Eisler; B. Binkley
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Paper Abstract

In an effort to improve patient care while considering cost-effectiveness, we developed a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), which combines imaging cameras, computers and other peripheral equipment from multiple nuclear medicine vectors. The PACS provides fully-digital clinical operation which includes acquisition and automatic organization of patient data, distribution of the data to all networked units inside the department and other remote locations, digital analysis and quantitation of images, digital diagnostic reading of image studies and permanent data archival with the ability for fast retrieval. The PACS enabled us to significantly reduce the amount of film used, and we are currently proceeding with implementing a film-less laboratory. Hard copies are produced on paper or transparent sheets for non-digitally connected parts of the hospital. The PACS provides full-digital operation which is faster, more reliable, better organized and managed, and overall more efficient than a conventional film-based operation. In this paper, the integration of the various PACS components from multiple vendors is reviewed, and the impact of PACS, with its advantages and limitations on our clinical operation is analyzed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 1994
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2165, Medical Imaging 1994: PACS: Design and Evaluation, (15 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.174329
Show Author Affiliations
Mike F. Georgiou, Univ. of Miami School of Medicine (United States)
George N. Sfakianakis M.D., Univ. of Miami School of Medicine (United States)
Gary Johnson, Jackson Memorial Hospital (United States)
Christos Douligeris, Univ. of Miami (Greece)
Silvia Scandar, Jackson Memorial Hospital (United States)
E. Eisler, Jackson Memorial Hospital (United States)
B. Binkley, Jackson Memorial Hospital (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2165:
Medical Imaging 1994: PACS: Design and Evaluation
R. Gilbert Jost M.D., Editor(s)

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