Film and paper will become things of the past as the Department of Diagnostic Radiology begins implementing a digital archive of radiological images. The new Picture Archiving and Communication System is a filmless information system for acquiring, sorting, transporting, storing and displaying medical images.
“Imagine how much easier it will be to log on and view images and reports rather than shuffle through all that X-ray film and paper,” said James A. Brink, M.D., interim chair of diagnostic radiology. According to Steve Bencivengo, director of diagnostic imaging at Yale-New Haven Hospital, the move to a digital system allows physicians to access images and radiology reports through a secure hospital network. This new system also creates a permanent, nondegradable archive. Implementation of the new system began last fall and should be complete by December of this year. The system will archive all diagnostic images.