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Practical experience with PACS: benefits and pitfalls
Author(s): Walter Ukovich; Ludovico Dalla Palma; Fulvio Stacul; Roberto Cuttin-Zernich; Paolo Giribona
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Paper Abstract

Since September 1988 a PAC System (CommView by AT&T and Philips) is in operation in the Radiology Department of the University Hospital of Trieste, Italy. A research project is presently in progress aiming at providing factual evidence for the evaluation of this kind of systems as far as operational, technical, clinical and economic aspects are concerned. The general approach to this research consists in implementing and monitoring a PACS in a stepwise way, starting with an "entry-level" system With respect to our actual experience we propose a multi-attribute approach to the problem of justifying PACS, thus classifying attributes into three broad classes: operational, clinical and economic. For each of the relevant problems we distinguish what could be expected in general, what we actually found in practice and what we suppose to do in the future. Justifying PACS turns out to be a difficult task. Within a longer horizon, a horizontalintegration within the Radiology Department and among different Radiology Departments appears to open the more effective perspectives.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1990
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1234, Medical Imaging IV: PACS Systems Design and Evaluation, (1 August 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18941
Show Author Affiliations
Walter Ukovich, Univ. di Trieste (Italy)
Ludovico Dalla Palma, Univ. di Trieste (Italy)
Fulvio Stacul, Univ. di Trieste (Italy)
Roberto Cuttin-Zernich, Univ. di Trieste (Italy)
Paolo Giribona, Ctr. di Valutazione Apparecchiature Biomediche (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1234:
Medical Imaging IV: PACS Systems Design and Evaluation
Samuel J. Dwyer III; R. Gilbert Jost M.D., Editor(s)

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