[The definition and realization of a computerized archive for radiological data of scientific interest].Radiol Med. 1990 Mar; 79(3):233-8.RM
The general requirements are analyzed of a system designed to acquire and manage radiological data of scientific interest. These requirements consist in: easy implementation, to develop the system in the same environment where it is going to be used; easy use, to avoid excessive needs and resources for the system to be managed in practice; reduced implementation cost, in terms of resources required for its implementation; user-oriented approach, in the sense of meeting the radiologists' requirements, and flexibility, for the system to be an effective tool for the widest range of possible applications. Two actual applications of this general approach are then discussed, one relative to breast investigations data, and the other to digital procedures (US, CT, DSA, MR) data. For each application the software tools employed are analyzed, together with the archive structures and the used codes, the collecting data procedures and the programs. For the breast investigations archive the possibility of obtaining standard periodic reports is pointed out. These reports summarize the global department activity in this area during selected periods (six months-one year). They allow interesting clinical conclusions to be drawn. As for the digital procedures archive, the possibility is stressed of searching different combinations of scientific data out of tens of thousands of cases in just a few minutes.