Glossary of Health Care and Medical Terms
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Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). Provides a digital workflow platform for viewing, storage, retrieval and distribution of digital images. In addition to radiology, pathology, gastroenterology, and cardiology may also involve medical imaging.
Picture - digital diagnostic image, typically radiological
Archiving - electronic storage and retrieval, so no lost films
Communication - computer network with multiple access and IS integration
System - control of the processes with integrated technology
PACS stores images from the various digital acquisition devices, such as ultrasound (US), computed tomography (CT), mammography (mammo), as different modalities.