PACS allows radiological and non-radiological image
distribution to the hospitals, clinics, imaging centers, specialists and
integration with other information systems.
Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) is a
global information standard designed to ensure the interoperability of systems
used to produce, store, display, process, send, retrieve, query and print
medical images. Physicians have better access to images and reports when DICOM
standards are in place. DICOM was created by the National Electrical
Manufacturers Association (NEMA) to aid the distribution and viewing of medical
images, such as CT scans, MRIs, and ultrasound. DICOM is the most common
standard for receiving scans from a hospital.
SAVIM is fully compatible with DICOM standard and also allows
the integration to the standard of non-DICOM compatible modalities with
analogue video output like endoscopy, microscopy, fluoroscopy, etc.
SAVIM is compatible with several medical modalities like:
Magnetic Resonance, Ultrasound, Computed Tomography (CT), Digital Radiography,
X Rays Angiography, Magnetic Resonance Angiography, Magnetic Resonance
Spectroscopy, Nuclear Medicine, X Rays mammography, X Rays fluoroscopy,
Positron Emission Tomography (PET), among others. SAVIM is also compatible with
the main manufacturers of image modalities and PACS: General Electric, Philips,
Siemens, Agfa, Picker, Toshiba, Hitachi, among others.
SAVIM creates a hospital-wide storage indexed by SQL Server
databases with lossy or lossless compressions for the best disk use and also
local storages at workstations for physicians’ personal archives.
The system can retrieve and visualize images in grey tones,
color palette and true color with 8, 12, 16 and 24 bits per pixel color deeps.
There are several pseudo-color palettes incorporated for the visualization of
functional images like nuclear medicine. The bright and contrast of images is
pointer led using window level and width with single or double windows, the
latter very useful to display CT images. The user can measure distance,
perimeter, angle, area and volume with a calibration of pixel size, in case
this information is not available, by using a catheter reference or a
well-known measurement. SAVIM has a basic set of image processing tools for
annotation, measurements, geometric transformations, bright and contrast
enhancements, zooming, negative, etc., the user can also localize the position
of a slice in a transverse image for understanding better the image location.
SAVIM allows the creation of multi-planar reconstructions
(MPR), import of DICOM compatible CDs generated in modalities or other PACS as
well as export of this type of media for distribution to the patient or
archival, export of images in DICOM format and BMP, JPG and AVI formats useful
for scientific presentations, print of images on film by using high quality
DICOM compatible laser printers, create and print reports on paper with the
result of the diagnosis and images of interest.
For modalities where the DICOM standard is not available but
an analogue video output is available, SAVIM can digitalize images from this
video source and generates DICOM compatible images. The patient and procedure
information can be retrieve from a DICOM Work list Server.
SAVIM takes advantage of the windows multi-monitor
capabilities and can visualize images in several monitors attached to a
SAVIM has the necessary elements to create a hospital PACS
with the functionalities needed for a proper film less operation: study
planning, storage, query/retrieve, visualization, image processing, film
printing, report and archival