While the majority of radiology and cardiology imaging equipment in the hospitals are inherently digital, or can produce the image in a digital format, not all systems can plug straight into a PACS/RIS system. Some require software or hardware upgrading. This is very similar to the situation when you buy a Digital Camera – you normally have to load some software onto your PC to get the images onto it.
While the medical imaging systems are somewhat more complex than your Digital Camera, a similar process will be carried out. Where required imaging modalities (i.e x-ray systems, Ultrasound machines, etc) will be upgraded with software and / or hardware to ensure the patient images can be transferred to the PACS with the appropriate patient and examination identification information attached.
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