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Development Of A PACS System At The University Hospital In Brussels, Belgium .
Author(s): F. Deconinck; A. J. Duerinckx; S. Kuijk; M. Nyssen; D. Tombeur
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Paper Abstract

A prototype PACS system is being designed which will connect an existing nuclear medicine mini NM-PACS with an imaging facility in the medical school, a PET and experimental medical imaging facility, and research imaging facilities in the Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Department of the Free University in Brussels ( VUB, Jette), Belgium. The local nuclear medicine NM-PACS uses SOPHA (Informatek) equipment with parallel DMA connections. The PET and experimental medical imaging facility is based on Apollo workstations. The medical school imaging network connects a VAX 11/785, a VICOM and several other computers, and is physically located next to the hospital. A local radiology Rad-PACS will be based on an Ethernet link. The "global PACS" described in this paper will connect all image processing facilities. Initially, 4 Apollo workstations with a token passing ring network (12 Mbit/sec), a 500 Mbyte storage, and 1kx1k displays will be used. The following subparts of the "global PACS" are novel: a pictorial-menu driven user-interface software for image display, processing and management is being developed to facilitate the use of the PACS hardware . The image data base is distributed over the different areas of the hospital and university. The system will also provide the distributed computing power (parallel processing and acquisition of images) needed for a new HIDAC PET camera being constructed at the university. This PACS project is part of a large scale European effort (EuroPacs) to develop PACS technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 June 1986
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0626, Application of Optical Instrumentation in Medicine XIV and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems, (12 June 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.975455
Show Author Affiliations
F. Deconinck, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)
A. J. Duerinckx, University of Miami School of Medicine (United States)
S. Kuijk, Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium)
M. Nyssen, Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium)
D. Tombeur, Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0626:
Application of Optical Instrumentation in Medicine XIV and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems
Samuel J. Dwyer III; Roger H. Schneider, Editor(s)

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