What is PACS?
PACS (picture archiving and communication system) is a continually developing healthcare technology for the short and long term storage, retrieval, management, distribution and presentation of medical images.This system allows the radiology practice to capture, store, view and share all types of images internally and externally with referring doctors and hospitals alike without having to utilize paper and film.PACS Solutions create an improved working environment for the radiographer, radiologist, referring doctor as well as enhancing patient care.PACS software is now offering radiologists and radiographers the most advanced truly web-based communication tool available and is the core of a smooth running radiology practice.PACS breaks down the physical and time barriers associated with traditional film-based image retrieval, distribution, and display.
Benefits of PACS
- Digital images on the monitor allow to zoom in on images and manipulate them for better viewing and analysis.
- Storage of patient’s results is available electronically, improving data management efficiency.
- Facilitates quick and easy access to patient images and reports. With PACS, tests can be performed anywhere and results can be shared electronically with other remote facilities. A PACS also allows staff to remotely view images, submit reports, archive images and transport them if necessary via portable media.
- PACS allows physicians to acquire a chronological view of patients’ radiology histories, facilitating the comparison of a number of previous studies.
- PACS has a number of add-ons available to make it even more user-friendly for staff and beneficial to patient care.
- Referring doctor review allows for a seamless, efficient review of radiology cases within a physician’s daily workflow.