Whoever said PACS has to be difficult, hard-to-install and expensive? EXAM-PACS® proves otherwise. Perhaps surprisingly, every PACS solution, regardless of the vendor, performs a number of easily definable functions:
- Acquiring completed digital exams from various DICOM modalities.
- Sending these exams to workstations for reading by a radiologist.
- Storing completed exams in a limited local archive or backup.
- Recalling prior exams for later comparisons.
While most any PACS delivers these, a superior system - like CoActiv EXAM-PACS - performs at a higher level - quickly, accurately and reliably.
EXAM-PACS assures the most accurate digital images by integrating easily and precisely with all DICOM compliant modalities. But don’t worry if some of your existing modalities are not DICOM-based. Most can be upgraded by the manufacturer or easily interfaced through a DICOM gateway.
While other PACS vendors apply various forms of lossy compression to move and store large exams, EXAM-PACS always delivers and locally stores images in full resolution. We never utilize any progressive JPEG or any other type of interlacing technology at any time, as they may display images at less than full resolution.
All DICOM header information is kept completely intact. Any changes in windowing and leveling, annotations, measurements, zoom level, rotation, ROIs and the like are kept in CoActiv’s unique MOD files, which store ancillary information with the original, unmodified images. With multiple MOD files, users can view exams in multiple formats. Additional MOD files can be created for teaching and instructional purposes where HIPAA requires turning off screen annotations.
In addition to detailed logs kept of all exam activity, EXAM-PACS also provides instant access to a complete history file associated with every exam. This file includes important information such as where and when the exam was performed, who read the exam, who created any associated MOD files and much more.
Now, for the first time, you can easily and seamlessly attach almost any information, including reports, voice clips, video clips, frame-grabbed selective images, e-mailed or scanned prescriptions, and insurance information. For example, EXAM-PACS allows referring physicians to instantly view the exam report in the exam viewer window while at the same time listening to the voice file from the transcription.
Another plus is the ability to view exams according to user preferences. EXAM-PACS supports versatile monitor configuration, whether vertical or horizontal, and single or multiple. Easily customizable hanging protocols allow the radiologist to view an image series in the same screen layout consistently, with each exam series in the same location. If desired, layouts can be changed in a single mouse click.
EXAM-PACS was designed with exam security, privacy and availability in mind. It takes advantage of state-of-the-art architecture for immediate image availability and redundant storage. Created with input from working radiologists, EXAM-PACS is truly functional and adaptable for a wide range of radiology applications.
EXAM-PACS also supports the ultra-fast database retrieval of archived exams—in less than one second for a 250,000 exam archive and less than three seconds for a 1 million exam archive. From there, files arrive at the user’s workstation as fast as the broadband connections allow - also usually in less than one minute…and the radiologist is ready to read.