Planning, Expectation and Image Evaluation for PACS at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Proceedings of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
Our strategy in studying PACS is to evaluate its clinical implementation working with equipment supplied by an established manufacturer. Fiscal and personnel resources required to design and integrate the hardware components and operational software to develop a functional PACS precluded a bottom up development approach at our institution. Imaging equipment vendors possess more abundant design development resources for this task and therefore can support a more rapid development of the initial components of PACS. For this reason we have chosen to serve as a beta test site to study the viability of the basic PACS components in a clinical setting. Our efforts primarily focus on: (1) image quality; (2) cost effectiveness; (3) PACS/HIS/RIS integration; (4) equipment and software reliability; and (5) overall system performance. The results of our studies are shared with the vendor for future PACS development and refi nement. To attain our investigational goals we have formed an interdisciplinary team of Radiologists, Perceptual Psychologist, Economist, Electrical and Industrial Engineers, Hospital Information System personnel and key departmental administrative staff. For several reasons Pediatric Radiology was targeted as the initial area for our PACS study: a small area representative of the overall operation,tight operational controls and willingness of physicians. We used a step-wise approach, the first step being the installation of PACS exclusively within the physical confines of Pediatric Radiology.
Franken, E. A.,
Smith, W. L.,
Berbaum, K. S.,
Owen, D. A.,
Hilsenrath, P. E.
Planning, Expectation and Image Evaluation for PACS at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Proceedings of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, 1234(1), 236–251.