PACS stands for Picture Archiving and Communication System. Images are obtained from all of the different modalities and sent to PACS for our radiologists to interpret and medical community to view enabling them to care for their patients.
Electronic imaging provides many advantages over the old method of imaging. These include:
- Immediate access to the images–after the technologist sends an image to PACs, anyone who has been granted user rights can access those images.
- This includes the images being available immediately to the radiologist who no longer requires films to be hung or stacked for him to read.
- Multiple physicians can view images at the same time. The orthopedic surgeon and neurologist can view images on the same patient at opposite ends of the town. Prior to PACS, we’d retrieve films from one to ship to the other.
- Wet processing is a thing of the past. Caustic chemicals are required to develop imaging film. These chemical are dumped into our waste systems.
- Results reside in PACS with the images, giving access to the image, notes and reports.
ETMC PACS is available for the following locations.
- Cedar Creek Lake
- Mt. Vernon