MGH's X-ray area is fully digital and utilizes PACS (picture archiving communication system), which is integrated into a radiology information system and speeds the process of X-ray production, interpretation and reporting for doctors. This, in turn, expedites the process for the patients. PACS eliminates the need for film. All images are available via a hard drive on a computer. The images can be adjusted and fine-tuned by the technologists and radiologists to produce a better picture and give the physicians better diagnostic capability. PACS minimizes steps and improves report time and diagnostic time, allowing images to be instantly transferred to departments in the hospital that need the results of tests quickly. PACS also allows physicians to look at exam images and results in their offices or homes. This aids them in the treatment of their patients. Patients benefit by being able to take their images on a CD.
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