At the heart of the digital radiology department exist two main computational systems, RIS and PACS (Figure 12.1). While the RIS encompasses many text-based computing functions including transcription, reporting, ordering, scheduling, tracking, and billing, PACS deals with image-based computing functions such as acquisition, interpretation, storage, and local image distribution. The proper use of these automated systems dramatically reduces the use of film and paper within a radiology department. However, removing film and paper removes the conventional method for distributing radiology information throughout the hospital. Because the goal of any radiology department is to deliver timely and accurate interpretations to requesting clinicians, the digital department needs a digital method to deliver its results. Enter the Internet.
KeywordsRadiology Department Image Distribution Client System Digital Revolution Hospital Intranet
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