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J Digit Imaging. 2012 Feb;25(1):81-90. doi: 10.1007/s10278-011-9401-2.

Using an open-source PACS virtual machine for a digital angiography unit: methods and initial impressions.

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Department of Medical Physics, School of Medicine, University of Patras, P.O. Box 132 73, GR 265 04, Rion, Greece.


The productivity gains, diagnostic benefit, and enhanced data availability to clinicians enabled by picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) are no longer in doubt. However, commercial PACS offerings are often extremely expensive initially and require ongoing support contracts with vendors to maintain them. Recently, several open-source offerings have become available that put PACS within reach of more users. However, they can be resource-intensive to install and assure that they have room for future growth--both for computational and storage capacity. An alternate approach, which we describe herein, is to use PACS built on virtual machines which can be moved from smaller to larger hardware as needed in a just-in-time manner. This leverages the cost benefits of Moore's Law for both storage and compute costs. We describe the approach and current results in this paper.

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