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Radiology systems of the nineties: Meeting the challenge of change

  • Gwilym S. Lodwick
  • Jaime L. Taaffe
Introduction

Abstract

Digital imaging technology, particularly reconstructed images such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, has fueled the increased demand for radiologic services but has intensified storage and communications problems. Today more than 25% of radiologic examinations are digital in origin and, with progressive replacing of film images by digital images likely through the introduction of imaging plate technology, the radiology profession is undertaking the massive effort of evolving a new system where digital images will be transmitted, stored, retrieved and displayed by a multicomponent system connected by a local area network. Through this system, images will be nearly instantly accessible to anyone who needs them. A leading hypothesis is that when the volume of digital examinations reaches 50% of the whole, cost and efficiency considerations will lead to a massive conversion to the digital image management system, which will progress spontaneously. This conversion, unless planned for in today’s equipment acquisitions, could lead to great economic stress in hospitals. The 50% point may be reached by the early 1990s.

Key words

Computed tomography picture archiving and communications system and radiology information system 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gwilym S. Lodwick
    • 1
  • Jaime L. Taaffe
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of RadiologyMassachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation HospitalBoston

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