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PACS for Bhutan: a cost effective open source architecture for emerging countries

Nidup, Dechen
De Geer, Gerard
Rosset, Antoine
Published in Insights into Imaging. 2016, vol. 7, no. 5, p. 747-753
Abstract This paper reports the design and implementation of an innovative and cost-effective imaging management infrastructure suitable for radiology centres in emerging countries. It was implemented in the main referring hospital of Bhutan equipped with a CT, an MRI, digital radiology, and a suite of several ultrasound units. They lacked the necessary informatics infrastructure for image archiving and interpretation and needed a system for distribution of images to clinical wards. The solution developed for this project combines several open source software platforms in a robust and versatile archiving and communication system connected to analysis workstations equipped with a FDA-certified version of the highly popular Open-Source software. The whole system was implemented on standard off-the-shelf hardware. The system was installed in three days, and training of the radiologists as well as the technical and IT staff was provided onsite to ensure full ownership of the system by the local team. Radiologists were rapidly capable of reading and interpreting studies on the diagnostic workstations, which had a significant benefit on their workflow and ability to perform diagnostic tasks more efficiently. Furthermore, images were also made available to several clinical units on standard desktop computers through a web-based viewer.
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RATIB, Osman et al. PACS for Bhutan: a cost effective open source architecture for emerging countries. In: Insights into Imaging, 2016, vol. 7, n° 5, p. 747-753. doi: 10.1007/s13244-016-0512-7 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:99684

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