Developing a Picture Archival and Communication System
(PACS) is not a task one takes lightly. Nor is it a project completed quickly because
of the complex DICOM Specifications, government regulations, and security requirements
for protecting medical records. LEADTOOLS changes all of that with its new PACS
Storage Server application which can provide developers with a market-ready
PACS in just a few days.
LEAD Technologies is always finding new ways to turn complex
application development tasks into simple, expedient and profitable projects.
The LEADTOOLS PACS Storage Server application is a fully functional, OEM-ready
application with source code. That’s right, LEAD is giving developers 100,000 lines
of source code using its award winning medical imaging technology to give you a
jump start on developing a robust, secure and DICOM compliant PACS Storage
Server. You can customize and modify it to suit your specific needs or simply
brand it with your logo and start shipping.
Key Features of the PACS Storage Server
Simple and easily customizable user interface
Advanced logging with export and filtering features
Patient Updater to move, merge and update patient information
Auto-Copy feature to route retrieved DICOM image data to multiple
Gateway feature that acts as a query/retrieve proxy,
automatically relaying a single message to any number of external DICOM servers
Forwarding DICOM image data to another PACS server immediately
upon storage or on a custom schedule
Handles simultaneous TCP/IP client connections with encrypted
Administrative options including setting permissions for both
users and AE titles
PACS Storage Server Customization
LEADTOOLS PACS technology is currently used in hundreds of
medical institutions world-wide. The tedious work of implementing DICOM
compliance, handling TCP/IP communication and designing the databases necessary
for a PACS has already been done for you. After changing the titles of a few
forms, replacing images (icons, splash screen, etc.) and recompiling, you have
a product that is ready to sell in a matter of days or even hours.
In addition to the user interface, some customers may have
an existing database they must use. The PACS Storage Server includes
interfaces and examples for creating your own Data Access Layer (DAL). This
feature not only makes it easy to customize the application for your requirements,
but also broadens your potential customer base by guaranteeing that your PACS
is flexible enough to integrate with more rigid installations. Instead of replacing
an existing system, you can write a custom DAL and offer your client a more
cost-effective and data-migration friendly PACS upgrade.
Advanced Real-World Features
LEAD Technologies has relationships with many hospitals and
practices which provide valuable insight into what end-users want in a PACS
Storage Server. The Gateway, Forwarding, Auto-Copy and Patient Updater Add-ins
offer particularly useful enhancements to the end-user experience.
PACS are rarely stand-alone entities, especially within a
hospital or network of practices. Each department or modality often has
its own storage server, database and security. Furthermore, there can be any
number of clients that require communication with these external PACS. A
gateway simplifies this setup by providing a single communication point with an
external PACS. Therefore, only the gateway needs to be configured for new
clients and the external PACS configuration can be left unchanged.
The Forwarding feature provides configuration options that
aid in the storage, archival and organization of DICOM data sets on the PACS
Storage Server. Upon receipt of DICOM images, the Storage Server can copy or
move those images to another PACS either immediately or based on a schedule.
Scheduling options include a specific date range and how often the forwarding
procedure will run. Additionally, clean-up options exist to immediately delete
images after forwarding or can be scheduled for cleanup at a later date to
ensure only the latest data is stored on your PACS Storage Server.
The Auto-Copy feature improves the collaboration and
referral processes in place at many medical institutions. The PACS Storage
Server can be configured so that any incoming DICOM image data from a specific
AE title is automatically copied to any number of PACS servers. Therefore, if
multiple doctors are working with the same patient but do not share the same PACS
server, any images stored by one doctor are auto-copied to each external PACS
configured for his AE title.
The large volume of patients and use of manual data entry leaves plenty of room for human error and typos, resulting in a need for simple patient data management. The Patient
Updater utilizes a DICOM N-Action request to move, merge, update and synchronize
patient information across multiple related storage servers through a central
SDK Products that Include the PACS Storage Server
LEADTOOLS provides developers with access to the world’s
best performing and most stable imaging libraries in an easy-to-use, high-level
programming interface enabling rapid development of business-critical
PACS is only one of the many technologies LEADTOOLS has to
offer. For more information on our other products, be sure to visit our home
page, download a free fully functioning evaluation SDK, and take advantage
of our free technical support during your evaluation.
Download the PACS Storage Server Application
The PACS Storage Server application is included with the main
LEADTOOLS 17.5 installation. To compile and run this application you will need
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LEAD Technologies has been the prominent provider of digital
imaging tools since 1990. Its award-winning LEADTOOLS family of toolkits helps
developers integrate raster, document, medical, multimedia, vector and Internet
imaging into their applications quickly and easily. Using LEADTOOLS for your
imaging requirements allows you to spend more time on user interface and
application-specific code, expediting your development cycle and increasing
your return on investment.