This is an Internet course.
Following completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
Course Procedures and Policies
Completion of this course is based upon satisfactory completion of the following criteria:
1. Unit examinations (or Learning Exercises)
3. Final examination
This course is divided into individual study units. A unit examination, or Learning Exercise, and/or Additional Assignment accompanies each unit of instruction. Although each unit exam may be an "open book" evaluation of the text, you should first try to answer all questions without referring to the instructional materials. Complete the assignments and/or learning exercises as you finish the unit. Please do not wait until the end of the semester to submit answers or materials for grading. Learning exercises must be completed before you can take the Final exam.
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.
Units Chapter Exams
Unit I - Computers
Chapters 9 & 10
Unit II - PACS Terminology
No Chapters to read
Unit III - PACS Introduction
Chapters 1 & 2
Unit IV - PACS Analysis
Chapters 11, 12, 14, 15, 16
Unit V - Data flow & Configuration
Unit VI - PACS Project Planning
Chapters 3 & 4
Unit VII - PACS consideration
Chapter 5, 6, 7, 19
Unit VIII - Cost analysis & Storage
Unit IX - Other PACS issues
Chapter 8, 17, 20, 23
The comprehensive final is a close book test (study hint look over prior unit exams) and will be administered on-line by a Proctor. Please fill out the proctor application form from the link located under learning modules or the course main page. Please submit the completed proctor form by mid-semester for approval. Before you take the final exam you should access the course from you proctors computer to ensure that there will be no problems when testing occurs. Some institutions have a firewall (security) set up that will not allow you to access our MSU web server.
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
Reminder: Unless you have 12 hours from MSU prior to August 31, 2006, you MUST make a grade of C or higher on all professional courses for them to count toward graduation. A course with a grade of D or lower MUST be repeated.
For this course you will put together a portfolio to be uploaded as ONE document into the assignment dropbox. You can find the dropbox under the assignment tab to the left of the course homepage. The portfolio will be due July 18, 2012 at the latest; you can send it before the due date. 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 upload your complete, one document portfolio into the Assignment Dropbox. The portfolio will consist of nine separate sections; use some kind of divider to separate each section. For example, you might want just a one page divider that has the section name on it. All Unit papers are to be typed (double space) and referenced (when appropriate) in APA format .
Your portfolio must be in Word, Times New Roman 12pt. font. No exceptions.
A - Introduction
Write a 1-2 page introduction on PACS (What is PACS about)
B - PACS Terms
Pick at least 25 terms (with definitions - you can use terms from unit II, text book, internet, etc.) you feel would be the most beneficial to someone learning about PACS
C - Teleradiology
Find 2 articles about teleradiology. Write a 2 page summary (using the articles your found and chp. 26 of the text book) stating the similarities and differences between teleradiography and PACS
D - Case Study of a Hospital/Clincs PACS (Site Profiles )
Find 1 article describing a site profile of their PACS. Diagnostic Imaging PACS web site (listed below) has site profiles and virtual tours. Write a 2 page summary of the article.
E - Planning
Find 1 article on planning and 1 article on implementation of PACS. Write a 2 page summary about the articles and tell if you agree and disagree with the authors.
F - PACS Consideration
Write a 2 page paper on how you would persuade your hospital/clinic to invest their time and money in PACS.
G - Model Cost Analysis
See unit VIII from the course content
H - Other PACS Issues
Find 1 article for each of the following: legal issues, security issues, voice recognition, and workstation design. Also, include articles on TWO other areas you think should be considered. Summarize these six articles in a two page paper.
I - Conclusion
Summary on PACS 1 to 2 pages.
If possible, include copies of the articles you use. If not, list the author, title, date, and source of article. Do not include database information. The direct link or a copy of the article is required.
Below are two links that will help you find articles on line:
Decisions in Imaging Economics - http://www.imagingeconomics.com/
Diagnostic Imaging (PACS Web) -http://www.diagnosticimaging.com/informatics-pacs
Applied Radiology - http://www.appliedradiology.com/
The portfolio consists of a compilation of activities to be completed throughout the course. It will not be to your benefit to wait until the last minute to complete your portfolio. It will take some concerted effort on your part to keep up and I will not take late submission.
All communications in this course, be it written (e-mail) or verbal, will be carried out in a professional and courteous manner. You can generally expect a reply from me within 72 hours. Though some replies may require more time, none should take longer than one week. If you do not receive a reply within a week, resubmit your message.
Academic Dishonesty Policy
Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this class and may result in suspension or dismissal from this course and from the program. Cases will also be referred to the Dean of Students for possible dismissal from the university.
Student Honor Creed: "As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so."
Cheating includes, but is not limited to, (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or completing other assignments; or (3) the acquisition of tests or other academic materials belonging to the university faculty or staff without permission.
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of, by paraphrase or direct quotation without correct recognition, the published or unpublished works of another person. The use of materials generated by agencies engaged in "selling" term papers is also plagiarism.
By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a "limited right" in all intellectual property created by the student for the purposes of this course. The "limited right" shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student's work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and educational purposes.
At all times, students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Professionalism includes establishing positive relationships and interactions with peers, colleagues, and faculty; attending respectfully to others who are sharing information with the class; being flexible to unforeseen changes in schedules and assignments.
Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA)
The Radiologic Sciences Program at Midwestern State University complies with the ADA in making reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. If you have an established disability as defined in the ADA and would like to request accommodations, please see the instructor as soon as possible.