Local area networks in an imaging environment.

M. E. Noz, G. Q. Maguire, W. A. Erdman

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There is great interest at present in incorporating image-management systems popularly referred to as picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) into imaging departments. This paper will describe various aspects of local area networks (LANs) for medical images and will give a definition of terms and classification of devices by describing a possible system which links various digital image sources through a high-speed data link and a common image format, allows for viewing and processing of all images produced within the complex, and eliminates the transport of films. The status of standards governing LAN and particularly PACS systems along with a proposed image exchange format will be given. Prototype systems, particularly a system for nuclear medicine images, will be presented, as well as the prospects for the immediate future in terms of installations started and commercial products available. A survey of the many questions that arise in the development of a PACS for medical images and also a survey of the presently suggested/adopted answers will be given.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-133
Number of pages53
JournalCritical reviews in medical informatics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Computer Science(all)


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