eRAD releases upgraded PACS software

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Web-enabled PACS and teleradiology provider eRAD recently announced at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM, formerly SCAR) meeting in Austin, Texas, the release of its eRAD PACS version 5.2 software. The new software is now generally available for new installations and as an upgrade for existing eRAD customers, the company said.

Features of the upgraded PACS include: technical refinements such as applying embedded overlays and DICOM presentation state objects from the modality; performance enhancement for very large data sets; cine mode temporal synchronization; prior study search on all configured archives and third-party devices; and administrative access to system task queues.

eRAD said version 5.2 includes the integration of optional third-party products, such as Dictaphone’s PowerScribe speech recognition software. Imbedded speech recognition is another example of third-party product integration. When the viewer launches from a designated workstation, a Dragon Naturally Speaking plug-in module is enabled. Tools such as microphone voice level calibration and voice training are applied. Then, the radiologist’s dictated report is transcribed and displayed on the report panel, ready for approval by voice command, eRad said.

In addition, a consolidated worklist server with automatic redirection and archive retrieve optimization allows radiologists, from any location, to have access to all studies, with appropriate authorization, on the network. Automatic redirection provides a fast data pathway to the studies when invoked. Archive retrieve optimization controls the distribution of relevant prior studies, and informs the user that the study is on its way.