The Mat-Su Regional Medical Center Imaging Department now operates utilizing PACS technology. The integration of this technology has transitioned our imaging operations away from a film-based operation. To a computer-based operation. Imaging studies no longer routinely produce film records. Imaging studies can be reviewed from computer systems within MSRMC, and physicians can request web application access to the PACS from their offices and homes. Computer CDs can be produced to meet patient/physician requests for signing out their studies. Studies can be printed on film for those referring physicians that lack the technology or comfort level of using the web application and/or CDs.
A Picture Worth a Thousand Words
Picture this Once upon a time, sophisticated medical imaging techniques allowed physicians to see inside a patient’s body to produce high-quality images. Once converted to film, these images are available to provide essential information for diagnosis and treatment.
Now picture this advancement – filmless radiology that allows the radiologist, technologist, and the patient’s own physician to view the images on monitors, even simultaneously from different locations and while the procedure is performed. Picture archiving and communication systems, or PACS, break down the traditional physical and time barriers associated with image management and reporting. Instead of waiting for film, digital images viewed on high-resolution monitors are immediately available.
Mat-Su Regional Medical Center opened with the technology upgrade that brings improved care and greater convenience to patients of the Mat-Su Borough Community. The Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS). Mat-Su Regional Medical Center PACS represents an important evolution in image management that capitalizes on the rapid development of computer technology. In a PACS environment, medical images are acquired, read, communicated and stored digitally then accessed through computer workstations. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, computererized tomography (CT), ultrasound and diagnostic X-rays are among the studies that can be accessed.
Putting Your Needs First
What this means for the patient is speedier diagnosis and greater flexibility and convenience. Concurrent viewing by radiologists and specialists contribute to the system’s efficiency. If a consultation with a specialist the MSRMC main campus or another remote site is needed, the image is immediately available instead of waiting for film to be delivered. MSRMC is a full service outpatient center that is keeping pace with the rapidly evolving world of diagnostic imaging. With advanced PACS technology, we are expanding our potential to provide efficient service.
What does this mean for our patients?
- Test results and information are provided more quickly to your physician
- Complete imaging record maintained automatically that includes patient’s imaging history.
- Other physicians and health professionals involved in your care can access exam information at the click of a button through a secure computer system.
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