• Medical images from the source (x-ray machines) are sent to the quality assurance workstation using the process of digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM)
  • Images from the workstation are archived on the basis of attributes such as patients, disease segments (cardiovascular, dental, etc.)
  • The final step is bi-directional in nature. The digital images are sent to remote workstations. These remote workstations analyze the images and send them back to the archives for storage.
  • PACS offers a cost advantage to the customers as it directly eliminates the use and storage of x-ray films or hard copies of medical images
  • PACS enables the process of sending these medical images to practitioners spread across different geographic locations. This is a very important feature offered by PACS, as it helps in transferring the medical image of a patient from a remote location to hospitals with sophisticated medical infrastructure for better and effective diagnostic purposes.
  • PACS acts as an interface between medical x-ray images and automation systems such as radiology information systems, hospital information systems, electronic medical records and others. This helps hospitals in the following ways:
  • Electronic storage and inter branch sharing of radiological images
  • Maintenance of patient specific databases of radiological images to keep track of a patient’s medical history
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