PACS 2000+ from networks to workflow and beyond

  • S. Bocionek


PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Systems) was a technology emerging in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Its needs came from the (logical) conclusion that modern digital modalities (such as CT; MRI came later) generate digital images, and thus allow digital handling, affecting the whole range of diagnostic work with radiological images. In the beginning, PACS focused on the technical requirements and technological possibilities of information systems to support the diagnostic work of a radiology department, i.e. acquisition, transmission, diagnosis, archival, and distribution of medical images. First approaches were described by Meyer-Ebrecht [14], or Horii et al. [3]. The first implementation of PACS with routine, hospital-wide usage — i.e. a truly film-less hospital environment — was the Danube Hospital in Vienna (see Hruby et al. [5]). Other early adopters of the PACS idea were reported in Komori et al. [11], Horii et al. [3], Lindhardt [13], Huang [7], and Siegel [18].


Diagnostic Work Digital Radiology Royal Postgraduate Medical School Task Flow Continuous Improvement Program 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Bocionek
    • 1
  1. 1.PACS DivisionSiemens Health Services GmbH & Co. KGErlangenGermany

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