Developing a multi-institutional PACS archive and designing processes to manage the shift from a film to a digital-based archive

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Department of Radiation Oncology

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Computer Communication Networks; *Database Management Systems; Databases as Topic; Diagnostic Imaging; Humans; Information Storage and Retrieval; International Cooperation; *Multi-Institutional Systems; Neoplasms; Quality Assurance, Health Care; *Radiology Information Systems; Software; User-Computer Interface


Health Information Technology | Neoplasms | Oncology | Radiology


The Quality Assurance Review Center (QARC) works to improve the standards of care in treating cancer by improving the quality of clinical trials medicine. QARC operates as a data management and review center providing quality assurance services for multiple external groups including cooperative groups and pharmaceutical companies. As the medical world migrates from analog film to digital files, QARC has developed an innovative and unique digital imaging management system to accommodate this trend. As QARC acquires electronic data from institutions across six continents, the system is continually developed to accommodate Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) imaging originating from a wide variety of Picture Archival and Communications System (PACS) manufacturers, thus creating one of the largest and most diverse multi-institutional imaging archives in the cancer research community.

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Laprise NK, Hanusik R, Fitzgerald TJ, Rosen N, White KS. Developing a multi-institutional PACS archive and designing processes to manage the shift from a film to a digital-based archive. J Digit Imaging. 2009 Mar;22(1):15-24. Epub 2007 Oct 9. PubMed PMID: 17924166; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3043666. Link to article on publisher's site. Epub 2007 Oct 9.

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Journal of digital imaging


This study was supported in part by Grant CA-29511 from the National Cancer Institute for the IROC Rhode Island (QARC), a quality assurance vehicle and data management service for diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology for the National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Program. QARC is a research program within the University of Massachusetts Medical School led by Dr. Thomas (TJ) FitzGerald of the Department of Radiation Oncology.

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