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Architecture of a high-performance PACS based on a shared file system
Author(s): Robert A. Glicksman; Dennis L. Wilson; John H. Perry; Fred W. Prior
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Paper Abstract

The Picture Archive and Communication System developed by Loral Western Development Laboratories and Siemens Gammasonics Incorporated utilizes an advanced, high speed, fault tolerant image file server or Working Storage Unit (WSU) combined with 100 Mbit per second fiber optic data links. This central shared file server is capable of supporting the needs of more than one hundred workstations and acquisition devices at interactive rates. If additional performance is required, additional working storage units may be configured in a hyper-star topology. Specialized processing and display hardware is used to enhance Apple Macintosh personal computers to provide a family of low cost, easy to use, yet extremely powerful medical image workstations. The Siemens LiteboxTM application software provides a consistent look and feel to the user interface of all workstation in the family. Modern database and wide area communications technologies combine to support not only large hospital PACS but also outlying clinics and smaller facilities. Basic RIS functionality is integrated into the PACS database for convenience and data integrity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1992
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1654, Medical Imaging VI: PACS Design and Evaluation, (1 July 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.60319
Show Author Affiliations
Robert A. Glicksman, Loral Western Development Labs. (United States)
Dennis L. Wilson, Loral Western Development Labs. (United States)
John H. Perry, Siemens Gammasonics, Inc. (United States)
Fred W. Prior, Siemens Gammasonics, Inc. (United States)

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

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