In order to gain experience with vendor-supplied picture archive and communication system (PACS) products, a Vantage PACS from Lockheed-Martin was installed in a Mayo community medicine practice in Rochester. This practice produces about 45,000 radiology examinations annually. The PACS includes central long- and short-term storage devices, 10 image display workstations, and a dedicated high-speed image distribution network. Digital images are produced using two Fuji computed radiography readers. Custom worklists were created to facilitate efficient system usage. Currently, all radiographic examinations for this practice are acquired digitally, and interpreted and distributed using the PACS. Remote softcopy interpretation via PACS has decreased the turnaround time for both routine and urgent examinations, and has allowed subspecialty interpretation or consultation for pediatric examinations. These results have significantly improved the radiology component of this community medicine practice.
- Clinical applications of PACS
- Filmless radiology
- Picture archive and communication systems (PACS)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Computer Science Applications