Planning for a multi-imaging center picture archiving and communications system

Gary Reed, Edward M. Smith
2001 Journal of digital imaging  
There are fundamental differences in planning and configuring a picture archiving and communications system (PACS) for a multisite imaging practice as compared to a hospital-based radiology department. In the for-profit, multi-imaging center environment, return on investment is more critical and the distributed nature of radiology operations presents complex communications, infrastructure, archiving, workflow, and distribution requirements. This article discusses desired outcomes for a
more » ... ging center PACS and the planning, functional, technical, and support requirements necessary to achieve those outcomes. T HIS REPORT is based on experience planning and configuring a picture archiving and communications system (PACS) for a radiology practice servicing 14 metropolitan imaging centers and eight hospitals with complex, wide-area image distribution requirements. It will emphasize the ways in which such a system differs from the PACS you would configure for a hospital-based imaging service. Specific topics to be discussed include strategic planning, system configuration, support, transmission requirements, display requirements, and access to reports with images.
doi:10.1007/bf03190286 pmid:11442132 pmcid:PMC3452683 fatcat:ug4kucwxg5gjhkflqnugnu6usa