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Digital imaging access library
Author(s): Jay F. Cook; Mark Hansen; James J. Francoise; Robert G. Leckie; Donald V. Smith M.D.
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Paper Abstract

The ability to access a vast array of radiological and pathologic diagnoses through computer searches of local medical facility databases is a by-product of the continued development of filmless imaging systems. The Department of Defense (DoD) Medical Diagnostic Imaging Support initiative is expanding through the addition of on-line systems at several DoD health care facilities. Madigan Army Medical Center, as the initial site, will soon be 90% filmless, with over one million images archived. Multiple other DoD medical centers are under installation. The eventual goal is an interconnected network of PACS systems of DoD medical centers and their supported medical facilities throughout the United States. To access this potential pool of medical information requires a centralized database capable of acting as a diagnostic index system. The establishment of a multi-center film library index begins with an initial analysis of issues regarding data storage and access, indexing, cross-coding with pathological files, communication formats, cost sharing, and patient confidentiality. In initiating these first steps to developing this telecommunications library these issues and their implications are discussed. The final implementation of this system will facilitate markedly improved research and teaching capabilities in both radiological and pathological fields.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 1994
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2165, Medical Imaging 1994: PACS: Design and Evaluation, (15 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.174362
Show Author Affiliations
Jay F. Cook, Tripler Army Medical Ctr. (United States)
Mark Hansen, Tripler Army Medical Ctr. (United States)
James J. Francoise, Tripler Army Medical Ctr. (United States)
Robert G. Leckie, MDIS Project Office (United States)
Donald V. Smith M.D., Madigan Army Medical Ctr. (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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