Saskia Groeneveld, Wordwide Marketing Manager, HCIS, Carestream
Picture archiving communication systems (PACS) are a norm when it comes to uniting the needs of medical imaging and healthcare IT.
An important idea to keep in mind is that the complete capabilities of a PACS do not stop upon installation. To effectively provide the best service and functionality, healthcare facilities with a system must be up-to-date with upgrades and applications offered.
Carestream is currently offering our customers MORE when it comes to using our Vue platform of PACS applications. The upgrades and applications being offered include:
The latest version of Vue PACS: Provides new tools to help radiologists speed through 3-D volumetric studies, CT, PET, ultrasound and more. This upgrade can also allow access to new embedded clinical applications, reporting tools, Vue Motion, MyVue, Vue Beyond and archive expansion.
Powerful processing tools: All-in-one clinical workstation housing a suite of powerful processing tools lead by the PowerViewer. These applications reduce the reporting cycle without compromising the quality of the diagnosis.
Diagnostic confidence: New, embedded clinical applications like Lesion Management are diagnostic tools designed to improve productivity and diagnostic confidence. Precise lesion measurement is critical for reliable evaluation of metastatic disease and faster assessment of the patient response to cancer treatment. This upgrade introduces the capability as a native PACS application, helping to eliminate the cost and delays of a dedicated workstation, and enhancing assessment of oncology patients.
Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT): Allows the ability to read traditional Mammograms, Breast Ultrasound, Breast MRI, General Radiology or Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) exams from a single desktop. We can also securely archive DBT exams to allow access from any Vue PACS Mammo Workstation.
Reporting – Vue Reporting: This tool delivers native digital dictation or voice recognition, enabling much faster dictation. Radiologists no longer have to handle multiple log-ons or erratic integration, or lose time inputting clinical context such as measurements or DICOM metadata.
Patient empowerment – MyVue: This application allows patients to access, share and manage their own images and exam data. A secure portal, MyVue allows real-time sharing and collaboration between patients and healthcare providers, helping to eliminate the need for duplicate exams and the production of CDs, DVDs or films. This means potentially significant savings in both time and money.
Accurate, timely delivery of information – Vue Beyond: This tool for PACS and Archive is a web-based dashboard that provides real-time access to the departmental performance indicators.
Consolidation: Clinicians need access to the entire patient portfolio to make sound critical decisions. Vue Archive offers a multi-tier repository for data stored using XDS, XDS-i, DICOM, and HL-7 standards as well as other non-DICOM objects. Paired with the Vue Motion universal viewer (which can access and display many types of clinical data) it provides a vendor-neutral repository that is safe, manageable, and flexible. Moreover, it protects users from technology obsolescence, and enables continuous adaptations for evolving IT needs.
While this post provides an overview for many of the Carestream applications that allow you to do more with Vue PACS, it does not cover everything. Click on the link to learn more about the applications and add-ons you can use to create a PACS setup that offers the most to your facility and to your patients.