The Problem(s) that We Solve

There are several problems related to the transport, subsequent viewing and searching of DICOM images in a hospital or clinic environment.

Viewing at a Remote Location

Patient images are acquired through a variety of medical imaging systems as described above. The resulting DICOM images are typically fed into an electronic picture archiving and communications system (PACS) where they are generally stored locally on dedicated workstations or remotely on PACS servers, making their transfer to other users difficult. This is particularly problematic when the images are to be viewed at a location remote from where they were acquired on say another floor of the same building or another building or a distant medical campus or a remote international location.

Problems with Physical Transfer Media - Viewer Incompatibility Problems

CDs and DVDs are commonly used to transfer digital medical images. Aside from the fact that that such media can be misplaced or lost, specialised viewers are required on the ‘viewing’ computer to view the DICOM files. It is not uncommon for there to be hardware and software comparability problems when trying to view the images on the physician’s computer. In such cases, the images won’t load or simply can’t be viewed by the physician without the intervention of an Information Technology (IT) technician

Compatibility problems can also occur when a collection of images are sent as an attachment to an email to a foreign location in tele-radiology applications. Again, these compatibility problems can hamper timely viewing and interpretation of medical images and negatively impact the speed of the diagnosis process.

Lack of Ability to Add Meaningful Content and to Search for Content Associated with an Image

The volume of medical images for a specific patient can accumulate quite rapidly as he or she goes through a study employing several imaging techniques e.g. MRI, CT, PET. Further, the patient may go through a number of studies over time as the physician follows the evolution of a particular pathology over time. At this point, it can be extremely difficult to efficiently associate ‘content’ developed by the ‘interpreting’ physician regarding a particular medical image. To add to these difficulties, there is no current convenient method to search a medical image data base for a physician’s comments about a particular image on a specific patient or to search for a particular image artefact on an image or series of images. This can result in imaging procedures being repeated needlessly if a patient is referred to another physician and the requisite images can’t be located quickly.

It is difficult to associate content like a radiologist’s report with a specific image. Typically, this involves transcription of the radiologist’s dictated diagnosis, scanning of the resulting paper copy of the diagnosis and inclusion of the scanned report with the DICOM image file. The ability to open the scanned report is again affected by hardware and software capability problems at the ‘reading’ workstation. Also the comments on the scanned report are not searchable.

All of these situations result in needless delays affecting productivity with a resulting negative impact on the delivery of timely patient care and impacting hospital revenues

ScanWorks software provides a solution to these incompatibility and delay problems by providing the physician with the ability for the physician to view, annotate and search for medical images when and where he wants to.

For a demonstration of how our solution might be able to assist you, please contact us at “Contact Us” link.

Our Solution

ScanWorks™ web-based medical image viewing software is an add-on to an existing PACS system. In our solution, we do not modify or interpret any medical image data. The original image data is not disturbed.

The key elements of our medical image viewing solution are:

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  • Secure access through a conventional web browser to patient medical images without having to worry about software or hardware compatibility issues
  • Instantaneous access to images anywhere in the world at any time
  • Viewing computer platform independence. We are compatible with Windows, Apple / Mac and Linux / Open Source environments
  • The ability to create content specific to a particular image and annotate or associate that content with that image
  • The ability for a physician to create a secure alert to a medical colleague to look at a certain image to facilitate collaboration in diagnosis. The alert may be sent via email or to the physician’s cell phone, pager, tablet or other device that he uses for communication. The ‘consulted’ physician may add his own written comments to the image and send the ‘annotated’ image back to the ‘originating’ physician
  •  The ability to search a series of images for a particular labelled image artefact or content associated with an image

Our image viewing solution has ready applications in diagnosis, teleradiology and medical education.

We offer professional services to help integrate ScanWorks™ with your PACS system.

For a demonstration of how our solution might be able to assist you, please contact us at “Contact Us” link