Chiropractic clinics seek to present a professional and efficient image to their clients. The Opal-CHIRO solution for these clinics allows the patients' x-rays to be quickly imported into the system, available for diagnosis much quicker than film. Thus the system also affords the clinic faster reads, reduced or eliminated film costs, and eliminates the need for physical storage space to archive film.
Specialized tools for the Opal-CHIRO QC Workstation include a proprietary "Unsharp Masking" image refinement tool that enhances the quality of the Orex images. Also included are measurement and annotation tools, CD-burning archive capability, and DICOM sending features.
Chiropractic Tools currently integrated in to Opal-CHIRO Diagnostic Viewer, assist in atlas orthogonal analysis by simplifying finding and calculations ofangles of correction. Opal-CHIRO integrated chiropractic tools can significantly reduce necessary time to do atlas orthogonal analysis.
Software contains a digital version of templates used for analysis. By using provided digital templates and additional tools, chiropractor can not only "draw" lines necessary for calculation, but also have all calculations done automatically without ever looking at the tables.
The key element in this setup is the Opal-CHIRO QC Acquire Workstation. This workstation provides the same high-end diagnostic tools available in the full Opal-CHIRO Viewer, but is tailored specifically for working with CR images acquired from a Kodak Point of Care scanner or the Howtek film scanner. The workstation also includes the ability to send DICOM exams out.
Typically you will want to store exams on a location other than the main acquire workstation. Opal Server provides storage for the acquired exams and adds new options to your system such as automatic exam routing, Telerad (see below) and Web Server capability (see below.)
An additional component to the Server, Web Server allows remote physicians to view exams over the Internet. This access is ideally suited to referring physicians.
This component to Server connects doctors "on the go" to the central PACS system, allowing diagnostic reads from remote locations. Exams are transferred over virtually any connection method, including T1, DSL, ISDN, and even telephone line.
Even small clinics are subject to new federal regulation regarding secondary archival of medical images. For security and availability considerations, especially arising from these recent federal regulations, Viztek offers an optional offsite secure storage service. This component is attached to the standalone acquire workstation (or Opal Server, if present) and automatically sends secondary copies of the clinic's exams to a secure location at Viztek. Should this secondary backup ever be needed, exams are available immediately, minimizing downtime and assuring the clinic's continued workflow.