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16 May 1983 Clinical Experience With An Operating Prototype Picture Archiving And Communication System (PACS)
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St. Luke's Hospital's Nuclear Medicine Department has been constructing a prototype Picture Archiving and Communication System since 1979. The purpose of this system is to interconnect existing imaging computers in the hospital with other resources such as image displays, image archives and larger mini and mainframe computers. To date, the system has evolved from simple file transfers using removable magnetic disks, through communication via magnetic tape, to the use of a high speed local area computer network. The challenge in the project has been the orderly evolution of the system, while supporting the tremendous growth of computerized nuclear medicine studies at this major cardiac center. The success in meeting this challenge has led to planning for the continued evolution of this system for the purpose of interconnecting other imaging modalities and of long-term archiving in a PACS for medical imaging. It is believed that the techniques of distribution of function and sharing of resources, such as computer power, display stations, and long-term archiving, will prove to be as powerful for the other imaging modalities as has already been demonstrated within nuclear medicine. This paper details the history of the development, the current results, and future plans.
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Frank J. Kalivoda, Don R. Spiegelhoff, John A. Steinman Jr., David L. Yuille, Gary L. Ellis, William C. Mortimore, and Dwight A. Simon "Clinical Experience With An Operating Prototype Picture Archiving And Communication System (PACS)", Proc. SPIE 0418, Picture Archiving and Communication Systems, (16 May 1983);

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