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Roper St. Francis gains advantages from CR/DR

February 8, 2008 Diagnostic Imaging. Roper St. Francis gains advantages from CR/DR Achieving optimal cost and time efficiencies requires proper blending of both systems By Michael Ricciardone and Betty Ward -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Managing CR and DR implementations is a carefully orchestrated effort at Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, SC. Our healthcare system includes two hospitals in Charleston (Bon Secours St. Francis and Roper Hospital) that represent almost 600 beds, a day hospital, a hospital soon to begin construction in Mt. Pleasant, and eight outpatient facilities with imaging services in the midcoastal area of the state. Implementing digital image capture began in 2003 as part of a system-wide PACS implementation. The first modalities to be integrated were CT, M­RI, and ultrasound. During the installation of PACS, Roper St. Francis simultaneously upgraded to DICOM-enabled modalities and determined what technologies would be used for diagnostic radiology. Mammography and diagnostic radiography were the last to be integrated to PACS. Diagnostic radiography represented 50% to 55% of our total imaging volume of 230,000 studies performed in 2006.

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