Using an open-source PACS virtual machine for a digital angiography unit: Methods and initial impressions

George C. Kagadis, Christos Alexakos, Steve G. Langer, Todd French

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Abstract

The productivity gains, diagnostic benefit, and enhanced data availability to clinicians enabled by picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) are no longer in doubt. However, commercial PACS offerings are often extremely expensive initially and require ongoing support contracts with vendors to maintain them. Recently, several open-source offerings have become available that put PACS within reach of more users. However, they can be resource-intensive to install and assure that they have room for future growth - both for computational and storage capacity. An alternate approach, which we describe herein, is to use PACS built on virtual machines which can be moved from smaller to larger hardware as needed in a justin-time manner. This leverages the cost benefits of Moore's Law for both storage and compute costs. We describe the approach and current results in this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-90
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Digital Imaging
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012

Keywords

  • Digital subtraction angiography
  • Open-source
  • PACS
  • Software

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Computer Science Applications

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