Management of ultrasound images by a picture archiving and communications system

R. H. Choplin, J. M. Boehme, N. T. Wolfman, R. E. Bechtold, N. E. Watson, C. D. Maynard

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Abstract

Since October, 1988, a picture archiving and communications system has been our primary means of managing ultrasound images. The ultrasound area was selected because of satisfactory image resolution with PACS, relatively low volume (18-20 cases per day), and minimal clinician request for the images. We have performed over 6,000 examinations, comprising over 50,000 images during this time period. The images and examination reports, stored on optical disks, are available on line for one week before removal to shelf archiving. When shelf archived studies have required de-archiving, most have been retrieved within five minutes. Rapid, reliable image acquisition allowed for decrease in the study performance time. Display monitor illuminance stability eliminates density variation associated with improper exposure of films. Immediate availability of images makes possible on-line monitoring of technologist performed cases. No images have been lost. Technical problems have included image degradation because of pixel shift artifact, hardware and software failure, and duplicate entry of patient demographic data. Despite rapid initial display and review, subsequent image review is 6-10 times slower than with film based studies. If PACS are to succeed, automatic archiving and de-archiving, improved system reliability, and improved speed of display must be developed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsSamuel J.III Dwyer, R.Gilbert Jost
PublisherPubl by Int Soc for Optical Engineering
Pages68-73
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0819402788
StatePublished - Dec 1 1990
Externally publishedYes
EventMedical Imaging IV: PACS System Design and Evaluation - Newport Beach, CA, USA
Duration: Feb 6 1990Feb 9 1990

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume1234 pt 1
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherMedical Imaging IV: PACS System Design and Evaluation
CityNewport Beach, CA, USA
Period2/6/902/9/90

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Choplin, R. H., Boehme, J. M., Wolfman, N. T., Bechtold, R. E., Watson, N. E., & Maynard, C. D. (1990). Management of ultrasound images by a picture archiving and communications system. In S. J. III. Dwyer, & R. G. Jost (Eds.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (pp. 68-73). (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 1234 pt 1). Publ by Int Soc for Optical Engineering.