Information management of a department of diagnostic imaging.Rays. 1998 Apr-Jun; 23(2):353-63.RAYS
It is well-known that while RIS allows the management of all input and output data of a Radiology service, PACS plays a major role in the management of all radiologic images. However, the two systems should be closely integrated: scheduling of a radiologic exam requires direct automated integration with the system of image management for retrieval of previous exams and storage of the exam just completed. A modern information system of integration of data and radiologic images should be based on an automated work flow management in al its components, being at the same time flexible and compatible with the ward organization to support and computerize each stage of the working process. Similarly, standard protocols (DICOM 3.0, HL7) defined for interfacing with the Diagnostic Imaging (D.I.) department and the other components of modules of a modern HIS, should be used. They ensure the system to be expandable and accessible to ensure share and integration of information with HIS, emergency service or wards. Correct RIS/PACS integration allows a marked improvement in the efficiency of a modern D.I. department with a positive impact on the daily activity, prompt availability of previous data and images with sophisticated handling of diagnostic images to enhance the reporting quality. The increased diffusion of internet and intranet technology predicts future developments still to be discovered.