Specialty hospital upgrades Vue PACS; Clinicians praise specialized reading, measurement tools
Tulsa Spine and Specialty Hospital (Tulsa, Okla.) recently upgraded its CARESTREAM Vue PACS to add new capabilities including a Vue Motion universal viewer that supports image access on mobile devices.
The hospital’s specialists provide surgery and other treatments for orthopaedic, ENT (ear, nose and throat), spine, ophthalmic and podiatry patients. Its radiology staff performs 18,000 MR, CT, X-ray, myelography and fluoroscopy exams a year.
“We did extensive research when we originally selected Vue PACS seven years ago and this system has exceeded our expectations,” said Julie Gerber, the hospital’s radiology clinical services director.
“Our upgraded PACS offers advanced reading tools and other capabilities, including a Vue Motion universal viewer to support remote access on mobile devices for orthopaedic specialists and referring physicians. The upgrade went smoothly and we did not experience any downtime, which is a testament to the Carestream team’s planning and execution,” she reports.
Gerber adds that the hospital’s radiologists are extremely pleased with Carestream’s spine labeling, vascular and other reading tools. Surgeons also use PACS-based measurement tools as part of their surgical planning.
More than 50 physicians are registered users of the Vue Motion viewer. “Physicians can view patient images from their mobile devices, laptops or computers. Making image access more convenient enables timely diagnostic and treatment decisions, which can enhance patient care,” Gerber explains. “Delivering images electronically also has reduced the time-consuming and costly process of outputting patient imaging studies onto CDs or radiographic film.”
Carestream’s Vue Motion universal viewer received an FDA clearance for clinical reading and is approved for use on popular tablets, phones and other mobile devices. Carestream’s PACS delivers expanded clinical tools, a powerful lesion management application, advanced multi-media reporting, and support for teleradiology, critical results notification and voice commands.