Hospitals are the ultimate stress test for a PACS, with multiple modalities pumping images in, multiple connected viewer
workstations, and many other responsibilities such as printing, transmitting exams to other sites, and serving Telerad viewers. Opal-Rad PACS meets all of these challenges head-on and provides the stability and on-demand performance required in this environment.
The Opal-RAD PACS server is the real workhorse in the Imaging Center solution. The server presents a “DICOM Gateway” to the center’s modalities, receiving DICOM exams, lossless compressing and storing the images. The server also runs an “Image Server,” which serves the exams to
connected Opal-RAD Viewer workstations. Additional components for Opal-RAD Server include Telerad Gateway, Archiving, and Manual and Auto transmission of exams to remote sites.
Opal-RAD Viewer connects to the Server over a high speed local area network to list and view exams stored in the system. Viewer combines an intuitive exam listing screen with a state of the art diagnostic-quality medical image viewer.
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.
Offsite Secure Storage
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, Konica Minolta offers an optional offsite secure storage service. This component is attached to the standalone acquire workstation (or Opal-RAD Server, if present) and automatically sends secondary copies of the clinic’s exams to a secure location at our facility. Should this secondary backup ever be needed, exams are available immediately, minimizing downtime and assuring the clinic’s continued workflow.
‘Per Shot’ Payment Plan
Although the purchase of the Opal-RAD digital radiology tools makes great financial sense by drastically cutting costs while increasing patient workflow (and thus revenue), we realize that it is not possible with every budget to purchase the entire system outright. The “Per Shot” payment program alleviates this condition by cutting the initial cash outlay to a fraction of the full purchase price, and charging a small fee per exam.
The benefit of this program is twofold: the smaller initial investment and the flexibility to discontinue use of the system in the future without having purchased the entire system up front.