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Small PACS implementation using publicly available software
Author(s): Diego J. Passadore; Roberto A. Isoardi; Federico J. Gonzalez Nicolini; P. P. Ariza; C. V. Novas; S. A. Omati
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Paper Abstract

Building cost effective PACS solutions is a main concern in developing countries. Hardware and software components are generally much more expensive than in developed countries and also more tightened financial constraints are the main reasons contributing to a slow rate of implementation of PACS. The extensive use of Internet for sharing resources and information has brought a broad number of freely available software packages to an ever-increasing number of users. In the field of medical imaging is possible to find image format conversion packages, DICOM compliant servers for all kinds of service classes, databases, web servers, image visualization, manipulation and analysis tools, etc. This paper describes a PACS implementation for review and storage built on freely available software. It currently integrates four diagnostic modalities (PET, CT, MR and NM), a Radiotherapy Treatment Planning workstation and several computers in a local area network, for image storage, database management and image review, processing and analysis. It also includes a web-based application that allows remote users to query the archive for studies from any workstation and to view the corresponding images and reports. We conclude that the advantage of using this approach is twofold. It allows a full understanding of all the issues involved in the implementation of a PACS and also contributes to keep costs down while enabling the development of a functional system for storage, distribution and review that can prove to be helpful for radiologists and referring physicians.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 July 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3339, Medical Imaging 1998: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (13 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.319761
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Diego J. Passadore, Fundacion Escuela de Medicina Nuclear (Argentina)
Roberto A. Isoardi, Fundacion Escuela de Medicina Nuclear (Argentina)
Federico J. Gonzalez Nicolini, Fundacion Escuela de Medicina Nuclear (Argentina)
P. P. Ariza, Fundacion Escuela de Medicina Nuclear (Argentina)
C. V. Novas, Fundacion Escuela de Medicina Nuclear (Argentina)
S. A. Omati, Fundacion Escuela de Medicina Nuclear (Argentina)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3339:
Medical Imaging 1998: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues
Steven C. Horii M.D.; G. James Blaine, Editor(s)

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