PACS are computer network systems that manage, store and distribute images. These images can be sent to workstations where a radiologist will interpret and render a result. The images can also be viewed via the Internet from remote locations, such as a physician's office, home or from PC/workstations within the hospitals.
What are the benefits of PACS?
- It saves time - referring doctors will be able to view patient's digital images and historical data almost instantly without having to wait for films
- More efficient service for the patient - access to images is wider and faster enabling shorter length of hospital stays
- Increases communication - everyone will have access to information, images and reports at the same time
- Increased workflow in radiology - by automating manual tasks and eliminating the need for film hanging
- Reduced costs - by allowing better access to data, more efficient processes and eliminating the need for film
- Moves us a step closer toward an integrated electronic medical record