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Acad Radiol. 2018 Jun;25(6):811-818. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2018.01.031. Epub 2018 Mar 16.

Integration of a Zero-footprint Cloud-based Picture Archiving and Communication System with Customizable Forms for Radiology Research and Education.

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1
Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland.
2
Department of Radiology, Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 75 Francis St, Boston, MA 02115. Electronic address: jmandell@bwh.harvard.edu.

Abstract

RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this study was to integrate web-based forms with a zero-footprint cloud-based Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) to create a tool of potential benefit to radiology research and education.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Web-based forms were created with a front-end and back-end architecture utilizing common programming languages including Vue.js, Node.js and MongoDB, and integrated into an existing zero-footprint cloud-based PACS.

RESULTS:

The web-based forms application can be accessed in any modern internet browser on desktop or mobile devices and allows the creation of customizable forms consisting of a variety of questions types. Each form can be linked to an individual DICOM examination or a collection of DICOM examinations.

CONCLUSIONS:

Several uses are demonstrated through a series of case studies, including implementation of a research platform for multi-reader multi-case (MRMC) studies and other imaging research, and creation of an online Objective Structure Clinical Examination (OSCE) and an educational case file.

KEYWORDS:

Cloud-based PACS; educational case file; multireader study; web-based forms

PMID:
29555567
DOI:
10.1016/j.acra.2018.01.031

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