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1 August 1990 Cost analysis of film image management and four PACS systems
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Picture Archive and Communication Systems (PACS), which allow the electronic acquisition, storage, transportation, and viewing of medical images, hold the eventual promise of reduced costs, improved image-management logistics, and ultimately, improved patient care. But at what point in the future will PACS really cost less than film-based image management for a given hospital size; and how are these costs affected by the choice of the digital communication network? To address these questions, a static differential cost model has been constructed. Four PAC systems based on different speed networks as well as film, were considered for five different sized hospitals and two time periods. Based on the assumptions outlined, high-speed-network PACS (greater than 150 Mbps) are less costly than those based on low-speed networks for hospitals generating more than 15,000 procedures per year starting in 1995. Further, even though all possible PACS cost savings were not considered, high-speed network PACS appear to be less costly than film for hospitals larger than 30,000 procedures in 1995 and larger than 15,000 in 2000, while low-speed-network PACS should cost less than film for 60,000 and 30,000 procedure hospitals in 1995 and 2000respectively.
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David Volk Beard, Deniese M. Parrish, and Daniel Stevenson "Cost analysis of film image management and four PACS systems", Proc. SPIE 1234, Medical Imaging IV: PACS Systems Design and Evaluation, (1 August 1990);

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