OpenRIMS

An open architecture radiology informatics management system

Steve Langer

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Abstract

The benefits of an integrated picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) archive built with open source tools and methods are 2-fold. Open source permits an inexpensive development model where interfaces can be updated as needed, and the code is peer reviewed by many eyes (analogous to the scientific model). Integration of PACS/RIS functionality reduces the risk of inconsistent data by reducing interfaces among databases that contain largely redundant information. Also, wide adoption would promote standard data mining tools - reducing user needs to learn multiple methods to perform the same task. A model has been constructed capable of accepting HL7 orders, performing examination and resource scheduling, providing digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) worklist information to modalities, archiving studies, and supporting DICOM query/retrieve from third party viewing software. The multitiered architecture uses a single database communicating via an ODBC bridge to a Linux server with HL7, DICOM, and HTTP connections. Human interaction is supported via a web browser, whereas automated informatics services communicate over the HL7 and DICOM links. The system is still under development, but the primary database schema is complete as well as key pieces of the web user interface. Additional work is needed on the DICOM/HL7 interface broker and completion of the base DICOM service classes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-97
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Digital Imaging
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

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Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM)
Informatics
Radiology
Radiology Information Systems
Communication
Medicine
Picture archiving and communication systems
Databases
Information systems
Web Browser
HTTP
Data Mining
Web browsers
User interfaces
Data mining
Servers
Software
Scheduling

Keywords

  • Digital imaging and communications in medicine
  • Health leve7
  • Open source
  • Picture archiving and communication system
  • Radiology information system
  • Web

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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OpenRIMS : An open architecture radiology informatics management system. / Langer, Steve.

In: Journal of Digital Imaging, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2002, p. 91-97.

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