Consider the Key Qualities of an Imaging System

2017-05-02
 

clinicians reviewing radiology imagesMuch of the development in PACS technology over the past decade has focused on specialty tools and workflows, addressing advancements in modality technology and changes to acquisition protocols. These tools and add-ons have helped clinicians to better navigate the growing number of images they are presented with. The ability to provide a timely, accurate diagnosis is more important than ever, but how do we facilitate this when there is so much more data to review? Imaging departments should be investing in solutions that help the radiologist provide diagnoses by better managing large data sets within the regular reading workflow. Launching a third party program disconnects a clinician from the primary task at hand and drastically reduces their efficiency.

More and more of a radiologist’s workload now requires the use of 3D visualization tools because large data sets are commonplace. In the past when it was less common, launching third party software didn’t seem as disruptive. But now that multi-slice CT and MR scanners are used everywhere, launching separate software shouldn’t be necessary for the vast majority of a radiologist’s caseload.

There are key qualities in a PACS that create an efficient and productive working experience for the radiologist:

Embedded advanced visualization tools

Built right into display protocols, embedded 3D tools result in a seamless workflow.  Advanced visualization tool should be available without the radiologist even having to invoke them so that they can continue to focus on what is most important – accurate and timely diagnosis. With the intelligent clinical case presentation that radiologists can predefine their everyday, routine display protocols based on the type of studies that they read, in the specialty that they hold.

Robust and predictable display protocols

Display protocols should be automatically applied when a case is opened, based on the imaging study type and modality, and include the patient’s prior, relevant studies. Given the shift in image acquisition over the past decade and the fact that data sets have increased exponentially, it no longer makes sense for tools to manage this data be outside the PACS environment. Use of MPR is now just as commonplace as window leveling and as such should be part of the regular PACS toolkit.

Support for breast imaging

Advanced mammography tools should be available within the regular reading workflow for better patient care. When integrated with the regular reading workflow it means that the interpreting physicians can view priors and other relevant studies alongside the breast imaging studies. The ability to display and manipulate digital breast tomosynthesis studies should exist without a specialized workstation to minimize disruptions and promote continuity of interpretation.

These features and more are available within McKesson Radiology. Contact us today to learn more about McKesson Radiology and how it can help your department.

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