The Picture Archiving and Communication (PAC) System at the British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority has been upgraded and implemented to improve the Medical Imaging Unit.
The Medical Imaging Unit within Peebles Hospital installed the new PAC system which is a medical imaging technology that provides economical digital storage and convenient access to images from multiple modalities such as x-rays, CT, MRI and ultrasound machines to name a few.
Radiologist Dr. Jonas Ebarle stated “With this PAC system, images produced in the Imaging Unit are stored electronically and then made available on computers in all the clinical areas of the hospital. Authorised personnel can log in to review these images and the accompanying radiological reports. This system will soon be expanded to the outlying community clinics thereby eliminating the need to print hard copy images as on x-ray films.”
He went on to add, “This system also has the added advantage of making imaging studies available on CDs and images can also be routed over the internet for consultation with physicians off island and for second opinions.”
The PAC system is one of several advancements that the Medical Imaging Unit will undertake in the coming months. New radiology equipment such as Digital Mammography, Digital X-rays, 64 slice CT scanner, 1.5 Tesla MRI , and new ultrasound services are expected in the coming months that will improve service delivery with radiological diagnostics.
The new equipment and software improvements to the Medical Imaging Unit are implemented to increase efficiency and patient experience at the British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority.