19 April 2004 Himage PACS: a new approach to storage, integration, and distribution of cardiologic images
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This paper presents a Cardiology oriented information system that provides permanent availability of all clinical history, including alphanumeric and image data, with time and cost-effective transmission (reduced download time), without loss of image diagnosis quality and based on a Web Multimedia Integrated Access Interface. This implies the integration of HIS and PACS in a unique access interface, providing on-line and fast access to authorized healthcare professionals. The benefits obtained from the HIS-PACS integration and from the availability of all historical patient data are unquestionable to practitioners but also to the patients. Moreover, the system includes a telematic platform capable of establishing cooperative telemedicine sessions where our most impressive utilization is a transcontinental work platform for cardiovascular ultrasound. The key point of our approach starts with the construction of a DICOM private transfer syntax that is prepared to support any video encoder installed on a Windows-based station. With this structure it is possible to select the best encoder to a specific modality and work scenario. Good trade-off between compression ratio and diagnostic quality, low network traffic load, backup facilities and data portability are other achievements of this system.
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Carlos M. Costa, Augusto Silva, Jose L. Oliveira, Vasco Gama Ribeiro, Jose Ribeiro, "Himage PACS: a new approach to storage, integration, and distribution of cardiologic images", Proc. SPIE 5371, Medical Imaging 2004: PACS and Imaging Informatics, (19 April 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.534135; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.534135

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