PACS and Mini PACS with DICOM



A Picture Archive Communication System, or PACS, is a network of computers that store, share, and display digital images taken in Diagnostic Imaging. Picture Archive and Communication Systems (PACS) follow the following popular architectural layout:

  • Input modalities. These are the CT, MRI, CR, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine systems or imaging devices where the C-STORE requests are coming from.
  • DICOM server. This is mostly a program that runs as a background process and waits for the input modalities to send it DICOM formatted images using the DICOM 3.0 protocol. This system can also manage requests from workstations and other PACS.
  • PACS server. This program contains a database that keeps track of every image in the PACS. It is also a file server to hold the received images, depending on the size of the disk file system and how many images that you desire to be online. There may be more than one file servers.
  • Archive server. The archive server stores the images onto a long-term storage media other than the hard disk, such as MOD, DLT, DVD, etc. There may be a separate database that keeps track of what tape or MOD an image is archived on.
  • Web server. The web server is a more cost effective way of distributing images to clinicians, rather than having to buy a radiology workstation at $70,000 to $100,000 a system. This can be either commercial HTTP servers (like Microsoft IIS) or public domain HTTP servers (like Apache).
  • RIS (Radiology Information Server) interface computer. This is the interface between the RIS and the PACS database using HL7 to communicate between the two computer systems. It can also provides DICOM patient information to the imaging modalities.
  • Radiology clients. The radiology clients are usually high powered systems that display and manipulate the images for the radiologists.

Standard Features

  • FDA 510(k) and EU Approvals
  • Fully HIPAA Compliant
  • Bi-directional HL7 Messaging
  • HIS Integration - insert the URL and images are available health system-wide
  • LDAP Integration - single passwords health system-wide
  • DICOM Interactivity - one solution for all of your imaging devices
  • Up to 40 TB of storage per rack - unlimited total storage
  • Supports all major scanner manufacturers
  • Onsite Installation
  • 48-hour Hardware Disaster Recovery
  • Unlimited Redundant Online Storage capacity