PACS in Radiology

Course Details

Course Number: RADS 4523  Section Number: X30 1

Summer I 2011

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: Internet

Days & Times:


Course Attachments


PACS - A Guide to the Digital Revolution
Dreyer, K.J.; Hirschorn, D.S.; Thrall, J.H.; Mehta, A. (Eds.) 2nd ed., 2006, XVI, 579 p. 99 illus., Hardcover
  ISBN: 0-387-26010-2

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Jeffrey Killion   
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Course Objectives

This course will investigate the use of picture archival and communications systems and its impact on health care. Topics will include comparison of computer based records to traditional film records, PACS impact on teleradiology, as will as the acquisition of a system, medical-legal, productivity, image compression, and image storage and retrieval issues.

Following completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
1. Define concept of PACS.
2. Describe computer processing, storage, and communication.
3. Identify and relate to PACS terminology
4. Examine the components of a PACS
5. Describe workflow, volume/storage capacity and PACS equipment needs.
6. Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a PACS.

Course Expectations

Your course grade will be based on the following:

Unit Exams: 30%
Research Portfolio: 35%
Final Exam: 35%
(Closed book)

Grading Standards

The following grading scale is used for this course:

90 and above = A

80-89 = B

70-79 = C

60-69 = D

59 and below = F

Final Exam8/2/2011  NA

Submission Format Policy

Quizzes and the final exam will be submitted in the Blackboard course

Portfolio will be mailed to the instructor

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Due dates are listed in the course syllabus. Late assignments will be assessed a late penalty

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

This is an online course and as such there are no mandatory sessions.  However, the student should be vigilant in checking email and logging onto WebCT.  Regular checks will insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner. This course is on a schedule that will be strictly adhered to (see table below). I am available to meet in person just call for an appointment.

Other Policies

For this course you will put together a portfolio (project has to be mailed).  It will NOT be returned to you, the portfolio will become university property. You might want to make a copy so you have your own personal PACS reference. If you work on the portfolio as you work through the units of the PACS course, it will not be an overwhelming project. If you wait until the last week of the semester, it WILL! The textbook offers a lot of information that will help you. Also, review information from the course content units.

You will want to buy a 1 or 2 inch three ring binder for your portfolio. On the cover, please put your name, course number, and the instructor's name. The portfolio will consist of nine separate chapters, use tab dividers to separate each section. Unit papers are to be typed (double space) and referenced (when appropriate) in APA format .

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.