DICOM and Clinical Data Mining in a Small Hospital PACS: A Pilot Study

  • Milton Santos
  • Luis Bastião
  • Carlos Costa
  • Augusto Silva
  • Nelson Rocha
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 221)


Technological developments in the medical imaging acquisition and storage process have triggered the use of Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) with gradually larger archives. This paper aims to exploit advantages of using a DICOM Data Mining Tool in a hospital PACS. The results showed the tool reliability and performance to obtain and index clinical data, as well as the possibility of conducting flexible research on DICOM data fields, providing means for continuous improved practices at the Radiology Departments.


PACS DICOM Data Mining Radiology Continuous Quality Improvement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Milton Santos
    • 1
  • Luis Bastião
    • 2
  • Carlos Costa
    • 2
  • Augusto Silva
    • 2
  • Nelson Rocha
    • 3
  1. 1.Escola Superior de SaúdeUniversidade de AveiroAveiroPortugal
  2. 2.Instituto de Engenharia Electrónica e Telemática de AveiroUniversidade de AveiroAveiroPortugal
  3. 3.Secção Autónoma de Ciências da SaúdeUniversidade de AveiroAveiroPortugal

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