Has the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) become a commodity?

James Chen, John Bradshaw, Paul Nagy

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The Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) market has been transformed by disruptive innovations from the information technology industry. The cost of storage alone has dropped by a factor of 100 within the past 10 years. Improvements in display, processing, and networking have likewise enabled PACS to be a capable replacement for film. The maturity of PACS has permeated the US healthcare industry from large academic hospitals to small outpatient imaging centers. Can PACS continue to be a platform for innovation or has it become a commodity?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-10
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Digital Imaging
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • PACS
  • computer hardware
  • cost analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Computer Science Applications


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