Use of a thin-section archive and enterprise 3D software for long-term storage of thin-slice CT data sets

Christopher Meenan, Barry Daly, Christopher Toland, Paul Nagy

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Abstract

Rapid advances are changing the technology and applications of multidetector computed tomography (CT) scanners. The major increase in data associated with this new technology, however, breaks most commercial picture archiving and communication system (PACS) architectures by preventing them from delivering data in real time to radiologists and outside clinicians. We proposed a phased model for 3D workflow, installed a thin-slice archive and measured thin-slice data storage over a period of 5 months. A mean of 1,869 CT studies were stored per month, with an average of 643 images per study and a mean total volume of 588 GB/month. We also surveyed 48 radiologists to determine diagnostic use, impressions of thin-slice value, and requirements for retention times. The majority of radiologists thought thin slice was helpful for diagnosis and regularly used the application. Permanent storage of thin slice CT is likely to become best practice and a mission-critical pursuit for the health care enterprise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-88
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Digital Imaging
Volume19
Issue number1 SUPPL.
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Data storage
  • PACS
  • Server-side rendering
  • Thin-slice CT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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