Picture Archiving & Communication Systems(PACS)
Improving Workflow in the Operating Room
A picture archiving and communication system (PACS) is a medical imaging system which provides digital storage and access to images from multiple modalities such as X-Ray, CT, MRI and Audio Visual equipment. Electronic images and reports are transmitted digitally via PACS eliminating the need to manually file, retrieve or transport film jackets and reducing the risk of information being misplaced by patients and hospital staff.
A PACS consists of four major components:
1. Image sources
2. Secured network for the transmission of patient information
3. Viewing stations (or workstations) for interpreting and reviewing images
4. Archives for the storage and retrieval of images and reports
A Starkstrom PACS Viewing Station is typically a wall-mounted, flush metal enclosure containing monitors, PC, keyboard and other interfaces (e.g. optical drives, card readers). It enables clinical staff to access and review patient information and images in an ergonomic and convenient manner.