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Evaluation of a generic RIS-PACS interface
Author(s): Karen Soehlke; Paul Douglas Fisher
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Paper Abstract

An interface between a Radiology Information System (RIS) and a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) has been designed in Victoria. A prototype has been developed for a Health Care Systems Inc. RIS and a Siemens PACS. The main design objective for this prototype was to create a generic RIS-PACS interface. The portability of the interface is ensured by its modularity, the utilization of a standardized language and communication protocols and the face that no changes were required to either RIS or PACS. In the case of the prototype the communication of data is unidirectional, i.e. 36 data elements are exported from RIS to PACS. Although full integration of these two information systems in the Medical Imaging department appears more desirable than interfacing, an efficient, slim RIS-PACS interface is usually the more feasibly option. Current PACS projects have to cope with the restrictions of today''s RIS and PACS, which are often not transaction-oriented, rarely use modern database models and have been designed neglecting interfacing considerations. The paper summarizes interconnection experiences of four other international projects, outlines the design of the Generic RIMS-PACS Interface and evaluates the experience with the Victoria prototype.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1992
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1654, Medical Imaging VI: PACS Design and Evaluation, (1 July 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.60300
Show Author Affiliations
Karen Soehlke, Univ. of Heidelberg (Canada)
Paul Douglas Fisher, Univ. of Victoria School of Health Information Science (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1654:
Medical Imaging VI: PACS Design and Evaluation
R. Gilbert Jost M.D., Editor(s)

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