PACS or Picture Archiving and Communications System refers to a digital solution designed for the centralized archiving of medical images/videos acquired from different modalities (CT, MRI, CR/DR, PET etc) so as to enable them to be viewed, edited, retrieved and distributed effectively and efficiently within the entire framework of a healthcare organisation.
Need for a PACS ?
Hard copy replacement to Soft-copy: PACS replaces hard-copy based means of managing medical images, such as film archives. Because of least price of digital storage, PACS provide a growing cost and space advantage over film archives to the instant access to prior images at the same institution. Digital copies are referred to as Soft-copy.
Remotely access to the DICOM images: PACS expands on the possibilities of conventional systems by providing capabilities of off-site viewing and reporting. It enables practitioners in different physical locations to access the same information simultaneously (by Web PACS).
Integration with HMS: PACS provides the electronic platform for radiology images interfacing with other medical automation systems such as Hospital Management System (HMS).
Radiology Management: PACS is used by radiology personnel to manage the workflow of patient exams.
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