The Radiology and Imaging department at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is essentially "filmless." That means that most images are captured digitally, transmitted and stored in the hospital's Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS).
PACS is an advanced electronic diagnostic imaging system that allows radiologists on the medical staff to access and review images online and from a remote location — all within seconds after images are taken. Referring physicians can also access the images in their offices through an online portal.
The system can enable quicker turnaround on imaging reports, remote consultation when needed, and potentially more efficient care for patients.
In addition, Texas Health Allen uses voice dictation which allows radiologists on the medical staff to "digitally" sign reports then fax them to the referring physician's office within seconds of dictation. The report turnaround time in 2008 averaged two hours per patient. In some cases, the reports arrive to the referring physician's office before the patient's return visit.