Integration of a multimedia teaching and reference database in a PACS environment.Radiographics. 2002 Nov-Dec; 22(6):1567-77.R
In one radiology department, a computerized authoring and editing environment was developed and integrated with the picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) for creation of image-based electronic teaching files to replace a collection of printed film images. This multimedia database and authoring environment allows physicians to create reference databases for teaching and research directly from clinical cases being reviewed on PACS diagnostic workstations. The database engine allows users to generate stand-alone CD-ROMs (compact disks, read-only memory) and World Wide Web-based teaching files. The system is fully compliant with the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard and supports a large number of standard multimedia image file formats. The focus of the development was on convenience and ease of use of a generic system adaptable to all users. The software was integrated on the PACS workstations to allow users to add new cases to the database at any time and anywhere in the department. A pilot system was implemented in clinical operation, with a central server and several client units.