Since its inception in 1981, the autonomous Regional Cancer Center (RCC) in Trivandrum, India, has been providing quality care for cancer patients in the Kerala region. To upgrade its diagnostic capabilities and patient care, the center recently made the switch from an analogue to a digital, PACS-supported reporting system. The Imaging and radiology department, you see, was in need of a visualization system that could provide high-quality images for different modalities, including CT, MRI, mammography and angiography. Barco’s medical display systems offer a flexible, easy-to-use and cost-effective solution.
Over 14,000 new patients are registered every year at the RCC. To offer every one of them the best possible care, the center is constantly looking to upgrade its facilities. Last year, a series of Barco medical displays was installed to complement the recently acquired digital PACS reporting system. That way, diagnostic quality as well as the overall workflow at the radiology department could be further improved. “The results have exceeded our expectations,” says Dr. Ramchandran, HOD Imaging and Radiology.
Hospitals all over the world are making the switch from analogous film reporting systems to PACS-supported digital imaging solutions. Not surprisingly, as the new system offers a host of advantages, including easy manipulation of images to get the best possible view, centralization of information from different sources and maximum flexibility. Digital imaging, however, is helpless without quality monitors. At the Radiology department of the RCC, this was well understood.
And the proposed solution did not disappoint. Dr. Ramchandran: “Today, we get all our images on the same display and we can switch easily from one modality to the other. Furthermore, the diagnostic quality is very high. For example, the 30” Coronis Fusion color screen is extremely useful to get detailed and accurate images for angiography and facial traumas. All this leads to a much smoother workflow and, consequently, an efficiency increase of around 60% and a cost reduction of at least 70%.”