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Initial experiences with PACS in a clinical and research environment
Author(s): Janice C. Honeyman; Edward V. Staab; Meryll M. Frost
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Paper Abstract

The installation of a local area network of microcomputers, workstations, archival storage devices, and digital acquisition modalities is the first step taken by the Radiology Department at the University of Florida toward a comprehensive picture archival and communications system (PACS). The system meets the following requirements, identified during the initial planning and design stage: (1) It allows the connection of heterogeneous equipment from multiple vendors. (2) It is modular and can be extended and modified. (3) It uses current technology with the option to upgrade when improved methodologies are available. (4) It maintains a database of all patient studies/images archived, including those on optical disks not currently mounted in a disk drive. (5) The database can be customized to match specific requirements. (6) ACR-NEMA commands and headers combined with TCP/IP protocols allow access to images by different types of workstations for display and evaluation. In addition to the clinical operation, the network allows communication among microcomputers and research workstations, allowing extended access to images on the archive. The authors discuss their early experience with the system, including design requirements and performance measures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1991
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1446, Medical Imaging V: PACS Design and Evaluation, (1 July 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45256
Show Author Affiliations
Janice C. Honeyman, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Edward V. Staab, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Meryll M. Frost, Univ. of Florida (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1446:
Medical Imaging V: PACS Design and Evaluation

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