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16 May 1983 Impact Of Manual And Computer-Assisted PACS For Automated PACS
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Considerations of totally electronic picture archiving system (PACS) often neglect the fact that every radiology practice currently has some system for storing and retrieving images and related alphanumeric data. Although these systems are usually manual, many departments now use on-line computers to help manage film flow. In either event, the creation of electronic PACS can be viewed as a classic data processing problem of automating an existing system, and the conversion should proceed through the usual steps of documenting the existing system in detail, and conducting feasibility studies and cost-benefit analyses. Documenting current systems should be facilitated by computer-assisted PACS - particularly documenting transaction volumes which can be provided as a by-product of radiology information management systems. Similarly cost-benefit analysis should be facilitated, although the cost/benefit ratio may be less favorable when comparing automated to computer-assisted PACS. Finally, information management features such as those provided by current on-line radiology systems provide a framework necessary to realize the full benefits of automated PACS.
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James L. Lehr "Impact Of Manual And Computer-Assisted PACS For Automated PACS", Proc. SPIE 0418, Picture Archiving and Communication Systems, (16 May 1983);

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