On the Architecture for Pictorial Information Systems
This Advanced Study Institute on Pictorial Information Systems — elsewhere the term Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) is used, and medical diagnostics is obviously the most prominent application field at this time — was representative for the diversity of system aspects: Pictures of extremely different nature are generated by a variety of imaging systems; sophisticated image processing methods can potentially improve the diagnostic use of pictures; data base and expert systems can help to manage pictorial and non-pictorial information, and to offer supporting knowledge; novel technologies such as optical disk stores, optical fibre LANs, multi-microprocessors, or real-time picture coders have to be applied due to the massive data problem — to mention only a few ... It leaves us with the crucial questions: how shall this all fit together? And, in view of today’s situation in hospital practice which is already complex enough: how shall this all fit together and stil1 fit into the organisation of the hospital?
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