Global Vision Article
Digital imaging is now firmly ensconced in the developed world. Its widespread adoption has enabled instant access to images, remote viewing, remote consultation, and the end of lost or misplaced film. Unfortunately, the current paradigm of Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), with advanced technology inseparable from high complexity, high purchase costs, and high maintenance costs, is not suited for the low-income developing world. Like the simple, easy to repair, 1950’s American cars still running on the streets of Havana, the developing world requires a PACS (DW-PACS) that can perform basic functions and survive in a limited-resource environment. The purpose of this article is to more fully describe this concept and to present a blueprint for PACS tailored to the needs and resources of the developing world. This framework should assist both users looking for a vendor-supplied or open-source solutions and developers seeking to address the needs of this emerging market.
PACS, DW-PACS, digital imaging, global radiology
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Mendel JB, Schweitzer AL. PACS for the Developing World. Journal of Global Radiology 2015;1(2):1012. https://doi.org/10.7191/jgr.2015.1012. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jgr/vol1/iss2/5