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Performance of a partial PACS and its application to the development of a fully integrated digital medical imaging department in a community hospital
Author(s): Josip Nosil; Duncan L. Scobie; Gerald C. Justice; R. P. Clark; Gordon W. Ritchie; Wilhelm Juergen Weigl; Hartmut Gnoyke; Paul Douglas Fisher
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Paper Abstract

Victoria General Hospital, which is a part of the Greater Victoria Hospital Society, is a 443 bed community hospital with a full-service medical imaging department that includes MRI. In August 1987, four rooms (chest radiography, GI fluorography, CT, and cardiac angiography) were connected to a Picture Archive and Communications System (PACS). We present the experience gained from two years of study with this prototype PACS and briefly describe its hardware and software configuration. Reported in detail is the measured image transfer performance of the PACS for each of the four image sources. Conventional films require more than 150 seconds from exposure to film availability for reporting. Using PACS, chest and GI images take 77 seconds per image from exposure to viewing, 31 secs for CT, and 40 secs for general angiography. The elapsed times with PACS between the various software processes for each modality, and those needed to set up image archive folders are detailed. The present imaging equipment at VGH, a typical community hospital, is specified and is to be integrated into a department-wide PACS. Required PACS performance levels relative to the clinical demands are described, and compared with the current PACS. The information and experience acquired by testing the VGH PACS has been used in the planning of the full implementation of PACS at VGH (ref. 10. Fisher et al). The next phase (3C) of PACS implementation is described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1990
PDF: 19 pages
Proc. SPIE 1234, Medical Imaging IV: PACS Systems Design and Evaluation, (1 August 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19008
Show Author Affiliations
Josip Nosil, Greater Victoria Hospital Society (Canada)
Duncan L. Scobie, Greater Victoria Hospital Society (Canada)
Gerald C. Justice, Greater Victoria Hospital Society (Canada)
R. P. Clark, Greater Victoria Hospital Society (Canada)
Gordon W. Ritchie, Greater Victoria Hospital Society (Canada)
Wilhelm Juergen Weigl, Siemens Electric Ltd. (Canada)
Hartmut Gnoyke, Siemens AG (Germany)
Paul Douglas Fisher, Aurora Consultants Ltd. (Canada)

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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