The Imaging Center specializes in scanning patients and diagnosing pathology, all in-house. Often the Center will have multiple modalities, including MRI, Catscan, Ultrasound, and X-ray. It is, in many respects, like a mini-hospital, demanding the same stability and performance of a hospital-grade PACS. Pertinent goals for such centers is reducing or eliminating the costs associated with processing film, and increasing the patient workflow.
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.
For security and availability considerations, especially arising from recent federal regulations, Viztek offers offsite secure storage of medical images. This component is attached to the Opal-RAD Server and automatically sends secondary copies of the Center’s exams to a secure location at Viztek. Should this secondary backup ever be needed, exams are available immediately, minimizing downtime and assuring the Center’s continued workflow.