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.
Your course grade will be based on the following:
Unit Exams: 30%
Research Portfolio: 35%
Final Exam: 35%
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
Quizzes and the final exam will be submitted in the Blackboard course
Portfolio will be mailed to the instructor
Due dates are listed in the course syllabus. Late assignments will be assessed a late penalty
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.
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 .