First envisioned by members of the radiology community, Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) have developed to affect the entire spectrum of health care delivery. Enabled by recent advances in information technology, the PACS concept of an integrated system has progressed rapidly and proven greater than the sum of its parts. No longer does discussion center on "if." purchase justification has given way to the "how" of best practices for installing and maintaining a PACS, and best uses for clinical service, research, and education.
PACS and Imaging Informatics: Basic Principles and Applications addresses all the latest developments in this exciting field, from the electronic patient record with image distribution to the full range of topics in digital imaging. Written in clear, nontechnical language, this text features coverage of:
PACS and Imaging Informatics uses the framework of imaging informatics to explain PACS, making the text accessible to those without advanced knowledge of physics, engineering, math, or information technology. With the most systematic and thorough coverage of practical applications available, this text is the complete guide for all those involved in designing, implementing, and using PACS.