Journal of Digital Imaging

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 6–10 | Cite as

Has the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) Become a Commodity?

  • James Chen
  • John Bradshaw
  • Paul Nagy


The Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) market has been transformed by disruptive innovations from the information technology industry. The cost of storage alone has dropped by a factor of 100 within the past 10 years. Improvements in display, processing, and networking have likewise enabled PACS to be a capable replacement for film. The maturity of PACS has permeated the US healthcare industry from large academic hospitals to small outpatient imaging centers. Can PACS continue to be a platform for innovation or has it become a commodity?

Key words

PACS cost analysis computer hardware 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Duke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  3. 3.University of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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