Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS)

PACS Network
The Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) refers to a computer system that is used to capture, store, distribute and then display medical images. Electronic images and reports are transmitted digitally via PACS. This eliminates the need to manually file, retrieve or transport film jackets.

A PACS consists of four major components: the imaging modalities such as CT and MRI, a secure network to transmit patient information, workstations for interpreting and reviewing images, and long- and short-term archives to store and retrieve images and reports. Combined with available and emerging web technology, PACS can deliver timely and efficient access to images, interpretations and related data. PACS breaks down the physical and time barriers associated with traditional film-based image retrieval, distribution and display.

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For more information or for technical support, please call our 24/7 PACS line at (406) 751-4299.

To obtain external access to PACS, please contact HIT at (406) 751-5700.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is PACS?
PACS allows images such as X-rays and scans to be stored electronically and viewed on video screens, so that doctors and other health care professionals can access the information and compare it with previous images at the touch of a button, delivering more efficient imaging processes.

Why does Kalispell Regional Healthcare need PACS?
For the past 100 years, film has been almost the exclusive medium for capturing, storing and displaying radiographic images. Film is a relatively fixed medium with usually only one set of images available. PACS technology allows for a non-film process with all the flexibility of digital systems. It also removes all the costs associated with hard film and releases valuable space currently used for storage. More important, it has the potential to transform patients' experience of the care they receive across Kalispell Regional Healthcare's PACS network. PACS supports clinicians in performing their roles and contributes to an efficient and advanced health service.

How is Kalispell Regional Healthcare's PACS delivered?
Our PACS network is delivered via wide area network T1 lines. Each site works with a local service provider, which are companies that are under contract to supply all the requirements of the network. Kalispell Regional Healthcare implements the PACS and works together with each site to plan and devise deployment strategies. PACS can be installed in any location where pictures of a medical nature are taken, store, or used for diagnosis or treatment, such as hospitals or clinics. It is also installed in the homes of radiologists and specialists.

What does PACS deliver?
PACS provides access to digital images in organizations throughout Northwest Montana. Our PACS enables centralized storage of images, full interoperability and compatibility with other services. PACS provides 100 percent access to digital images in organizations throughout Northwest Montana:
  • Ensured access to images: Our PACS allows images to be shared outside individual facilities within the network. For example, this feature allows patient images to be sent digitally to any medical specialist or facility (HIPPA compliant) from anywhere in our PACS network instantaneously.
  • Future service support: Our PACS is backed by the full service, support and technical capabilities of DR Systems, Inc. This ensures that it will meet DICOM compliance requirements at a national and local level and be compatible with other IT, both now and in the future.
  • Wide impact: Our PACS is not limited to X-ray images. PACS deals with a wide range of specialties, including radiotherapy, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, angiography, cardiology, fluoroscopy, ultrasound and symptomatic mammography. It has a positive impact on any specialty that uses fixed or moving images.
  • Guaranteed service, performance and support: Our PACS equipment has undergone rigorous testing and comes with a guarantee of technical support to ensure that it can deliver the day-to-day service clinicians need and expect.
  • Integration of images with patient records: Our PACS is tightly integrated with Meditech, removing the traditional barrier between images and other patient records and providing a single source for clinical information.
What are the benefits of Kalispell Regional Healthcare's PACS?
PACS enables clinicians to access the right image in the right place at the right time to support an efficient, accurate and well-communicated diagnosis.