National radiology group ONRAD Inc., of Riverside, Calif., has implemented Vue PACS from Carestream Health, Rochester, NY, to handle reading and reporting of nearly 1 million imaging studies a year. With a staff of almost 100 radiologists, ONRAD provides services to 275 healthcare providers in 35 states.
“This is an extremely challenging environment because of our exceptionally high volume and our need to communicate effectively with so many different imaging providers,” said Robert Lerma, vice president of business development and marketing at ONRAD. “We conducted extensive onsite testing of multiple systems prior to selecting Carestream’s PACS. After six months of use, we are confident that this PACS delivers a flexible, futuristic platform that can meet our current and future requirements.”
“Carestream has combined an advanced toolset with an intuitive interface,” added Morris Kelly, PACS administrator for ONRAD. “Our radiologists are able to work very productively, and the PACS has been extremely reliable as our volumes continue to grow. Our customers are extremely pleased with both the quality of our reading services and our response times.”
Facilities send imaging studies directly to ONRAD’s DICOM router, which forwards all studies to Carestream’s Vue PACS. The DICOM information is used to create an order within the radiology information system and reports are sent back to each facility using HL7 interfaces or other methods.
ONRAD delivers teleradiology services, offering after-hours coverage, overflow reading, vacation coverage, and subspecialty reading. The company also provides radiologists for on-site reading and for simple or advanced interventional radiology procedures.
Carestream’s web-enabled Vue PACS delivers integrated advanced visualization, 3D post processing, lesion management, dictation, critical results notification and a mammography module that eliminates the need for dedicated workstations. The company’s new native Vue Reporting module enables radiologists to embed key images. It also allows for quantitative analysis in the form of tables for vessel analysis or lesion management. This clinically relevant data assists physicians in making diagnostic and treatment decisions with greater confidence.
The company’s Vue Motion enterprise viewer offers “one click” access to embedded hyperlinks and bookmarks that achieve easy viewing of anatomical regions of interest. Vue Motion has FDA clearance for clinical reading and is approved for use on popular mobile devices.
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