PACS is an acronym for Picture Archival Communication Systems. It’s like the filing room for your conventional x-rays, except that this system creates a virtual filing room providing storage for your digital images so users can efficiently and effectively manage their digital images.
For example, let’s follow the digital image through the clinic and compare with a conventional setup. In digital imaging you take the X-ray and display it on the acquisition computer. After you have analyzed the image for quality, you will approve the image, and this will transfer the digital image to the PACS system.
At this point in the conventional film process, you are walking the films over to the viewbox for the doctor to diagnose and interpolate for the patient. After his discourse with the patient, you will take the films down and file them in filing jackets with multicolored stickers. When the patient returns next month, you will be able to go to the filing shelf and pull the films for comparison with \new x-rays taken during their current visit.
PACS not only stores your images, it also provides a form of communication within the computer network, the doctor’s viewing station, an outside radiologist, and/or anyone else that would need to view the x-rays. It does this by making copies of the images for any of your patients’ referring physicians to review.
PACS is an essential component for professional quality digital image dissemination and storage. Before you buy any digital imaging system, look into the PACS system, and be certain that your current system meets all of the requirements necessary for a PACS add-on.
Also, some companies are selling digital systems with only an additional viewing monitor, and because the customer is not well informed, they end up having to buy the PACS component within 2 years anyway.
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