Image Management

The increasingly sophisticated imaging capabilities of MRI necessitate the development of equally advanced image processing tools. Many of the techniques described above generate huge amounts of data. To be useful, these images must be synthesized into formats that are accessible to clinicians.

Image management in MRI can be viewed as a series of events. After image acquisition, the images are sent to electronic workstations. Here they are stored in digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) format, and then are processed using one or more different software tools. Since this is an increasingly time-consuming process, often a radiology department will form an image processing team comprising one or more individuals. Once the images are processed, they are sent back to the picture archiving and communications system (PACS) for storage and distribution. Current studies may generate between 1000 and 5000 images, and thus tax the storage capabilities of many conventional PACS systems. Fortunately, new hardware is beginning to address this critical issue.

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