Ask any physician, and they will tell you that imaging is a key component of the patient health record and is often critical to diagnosis and treatment.
With widespread use of computers in medicine, it is now possible to have "filmless" radiology department and "paperless" hospitals. To make this happen, radiology equipments using computers should be connected seamlessly and computers in a hospital need to be integrated into a network.
The Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) Standard describes the means of formatting and exchanging medical images and image related information to facilitate the connectivity of medical devices and systems. The DICOM Standard endorsed by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) is a result of joint efforts of users and manufacturers of medical imaging and healthcare information technology.
Integrating medical equipments of different vendors used to be a big issue. Even today with all the advancements that IT made, very large budgets are spent over interfaces and integration in very large project, not only in medicine. The ability of modern imaging equipment to seamlessly collaborate and integrate together in a multi-vendor environment is the most notable achievement of DICOM that led to a great advancement in medical imaging.
MED365’s Medical Imaging integration, integrates with all medical imaging devices that adhere with standard imaging protocol including medical imaging systems (AKA Imaging Modalities) Equipment like X-Rays, Ultrasounds, CT (Computed Tomography), and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) support DICOM and use it extensively. While installing new imaging equipment in the hospital and plugging it into the network, it can immediately query the medical imaging archive (PACS), retrieve images that were created by other systems and display them. Additionally, if the new system produces images, they can be reviewed on other vendor’s systems that are already members of the network. All this is done without any changes or modifications to any of the involved system software.
Liberation of your image data is possible with the DICOM standard.