PACS — Clinical Experience at UCLA

  • Hooshang Kangarloo
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 74)


Implementation of picture archiving communication systems (PACS) at UCLA began with the evaluation of the systems in Pediatric Radiology, one of the 11 sections of the Department and the Coronary Care Unit, one of the 14 ICU’s in the Hospital. We have now completed PACS development for all CTs and MR’s which allows communication between a newly developed outpatient facility, the Hospital and the remote research facility in addition to Pediatric Radiology and the Coronary Care Unit. The following are some of the advantages of PACS from a clinical standpoint. [1] Conferences with clinicians have been more effective by spending more time on each case, but less total time for each conference; [2] Clinicians are satisfied with PACS at the remote site, but it is clear that the radiologists’ interpretation must accompany the images; [3] PACS allows for the development of interactive teaching of the students; [4] PACS allows for a new method of radiology practice by analyzing the image and providing a more comprehensive, quantitative consultation, otherwise not possible with analog systems.


Picture archiving and communication system pediatric radiology intensive care unit computer instruction image procession 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hooshang Kangarloo
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  1. 1.Department of Radiological SciencesUCLA School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA

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