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NMMC Radiology Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS)

Electronic picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) have been developed in an attempt to provide economical storage, rapid retrieval of images, access to images acquired with multiple modalities, and simultaneous access at multiple sites. The goals of PACS are to improve operational efficiency while maintaining or improving diagnostic ability.

The PACS technology was introduced here, at North Mississippi Medical Center, in 2004. This new technology allows for physicians to view their patients x-ray films through a computer based system without having to print them each time a procedure is performed. It expands on the possibilities of such conventional systems by providing capabilities of off-site viewing and reporting. Most physicians are extremely pleased with the outcome that PACS has brought to the area. Patients no longer have to wait for their images to be printed to take with them to their next appointment and the risk of films being lost during transportation from one facility to another is greatly reduced for those who are on the PACS.