There are so many different formats out there: JPEG, PNG, PDF, MP3, MOV… the list just goes on and on. While these formats might ring a bell, many people are caught off guard by DICOM. What is it? Plain and simple, DICOM stands for Digital Imaging and COmmunications in Medicine. So, if you are in the medical field and trying to figure out what this format is and how it is relevant to you, keep reading.
Imaging centers that produce a high volume of studies every day, or that use multiple modalities, often struggle with their workflow in the face of strong patient demand. If you use DICOM imaging studies, there is a solution: Modality Worklist (MWL).
So, what exactly is MWL, and how can it provide you with a seamless electronic health record (EHR) integration?
If your practice is currently relying on Horos to store medical images, you may want to consider looking toward a cloud-based picture archiving and communication system (PACS) to provide expanded storage capacity, as well as more robust sharing functionalities.
Suppose that a specialist physician in California is corresponding with a patient that has an urgent illness and is located in Texas. He'd like to schedule an emergency appointment. But to properly confirm and address the diagnosis, the physician needs to see the patient's medical imaging studies. Unfortunately, sending a CD through the mail is costly and wastes valuable time, and also runs the risk of the CD getting lost in transit or arriving broken or unreadable.
The Current State of Medical Image Compression
We are often asked by our Purview ViVA cloud clients, "Should I compress DICOM images?" While we are certainly capable of compressing these images, the topic goes well beyond technical capabilities alone.