The Mammograaf imaging center in Tallinn began operations in February 1994. Its initial focus was on breast cancer screening services; and about ten years ago, MRI was added to serve the referring orthopaedics. The imaging solution from Visage has enabled the center to optimize its reporting workflows and to set up a teleradiology environment working with Eastbourne.
The center was “strongly involved in the development of breast cancer screening in Estonia, which started nine years ago and has been quite well organized during the past five years”, explained co-founder Dr. Theo Raudsepp. Overall, about 12,000 clients are cared for every year; screening activities encompass 2,500 clients annually, and 7,000 MRI exams are carried out every year. Images of less than 2,000 patients are read for other hospitals.
Lake Imaging, a large diagnostic imaging ser- vice in Melbourne Australia, was aware that 60 percent of Australian physicians who referred patients for diagnostic imaging were using Mac systems, and that the percentage was likely to increase as young physicians entered practice. Many of Lake Imaging’s own radiologists and a growing number of its referring physicians also preferred the Mac, and were asking for a native Mac version of Visage, a widely used remote DI- COM viewing technology.
Many of the examinations performed in the Institute of Radiology at Marienkrankenhaus create very large image series, some of which contain up to 900 individual images. In order to ensure efficient reporting and smooth workflow, the radiologists must be able to access these series quickly. One important requirement is the display of current and prior studies side-by-side, which is extremely slow when using their existing PACS viewer. So the key challenge was to find a modern image visualisation product which would allow all twelve physicians to have efficient access to both the current and prior studies, even for large CT series, on all workstations in the physicians’ consulting rooms. The solution had to be deployable on the existing workstations and had to be integrated seamlessly into the existing PACS.