2007-08-03 / Community

SJEH Upgrades Imaging Services Department

Surrounded by medical residents, Nathan Rothman, MD, Chief of Pulmonology at St. John's Episcopal Hospital, examines an X-ray on the PACS system in the intensive care unit. Surrounded by medical residents, Nathan Rothman, MD, Chief of Pulmonology at St. John's Episcopal Hospital, examines an X-ray on the PACS system in the intensive care unit. The Imaging Services Department at St. John's Episcopal Hospital has completed the installation of its new Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS). A PACS system allows diagnostic X-rays, ultrasounds, and CT scans to be seen on diagnostic viewing monitors. This means that radiologists and doctors can view X-rays and other diagnostic imaging modalities from practically any computer without having the actual film.

"The PACS system gives us a transformation in workflow," said Dennis Rossi, MD, Chairman of Imaging Services at St. John's Episcopal Hospital. "Getting the results of the various radiological diagnostic procedures into the hands of the physicians more quickly will expedite the treatment of patients and shorten their length of stay in the hospital."

The system, called NovaPACS, is fully featured and scalable. Offered by NovaRad Corporation, it is used in hospitals and diagnostic centers around the world.

"Allowing doctors to see images from any computer was the main selling point for the Hospital from a diagnostic point of view," said Patricia Gillespie, Administrative Director of Imaging Services at St. John's. Diagnostic viewing monitors are set up in a range of locations around the Hospital, including nursing stations, the operating room, intensive care units and the emergency department. All referring physicians can access the Web application on the Internet.

The Imaging Department has been conducting physician training sessions on the new system. The Hospital's new GE Millennium Nuclear Medicine Camera will soon be linked to the PACS system as well. In the very near future, the Imaging Department will go live with a Radiology Information System. This system will eliminate manual order entry and enable tracking, scheduling and reporting from personal computers.

For more information or an appointment with the Imaging Services Department, please call 718-869-7710.

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