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From The CriticsReviewer: David E Miller, PhD (University of Colorado Health Sciences Center)
Description: This book provides information regarding the acquisition, implementation, and administration of PACS. It covers financial issues, computer and network fundamentals, image acquisition, workflow, data storage, hardware, legal issues and future trends.
Purpose: The authors assume the daunting task of compiling a comprehensive text on the fundamentals of PACS, providing technical overviews and case studies that illuminate important concepts. The objective is certainly worthwhile, as most information on PACS is scattered among stacks of academic papers, vendor literature, and conference proceedings.
Audience: As a whole, the book is targeted to a diverse audience: radiology administrators, radiologists, technologists, PACS administrators, and IT professionals. It also provides useful background material to medical physicists involved with PACS. The chapters tend to be broken down so that each group can quickly access the information pertinent to their discipline. The authors pull insight from leading scientists, physicians, and business professionals in the field.
Features: The book provides an encompassing view of PACS, from financial considerations, to patient and physician impact, to its demand on network and support resources. Those involved in writing a Request for Proposal (RFP) will appreciate the above material, especially the discussions on DICOM conformance and its impact on the software packages and equipment needed to successfully link RIS systems, imaging devices, digitizers, etc. PACS administrators will be grateful for the overview of networking concepts, workflow, quality control, and workstation function and siting requirements. The book nicely details the fundamentals of image data structure, compression techniques and data storage. Departments considering teleradiology should note the sections on system requirements, security, and legal issues. There are occasional references to specific types of computer hardware, storage media, and operating systems. One should be aware that these are constantly evolving. Overall the book is well written, with technical sections presented in a clear but not overly simplified manner. Real-world examples effectively illustrate important concepts.
Assessment: This is a valuable reference for individuals involved in the acquisition, installation, and administration of PACS. Certain topics could be made into their own books, but this book successfully highlights the major issues.