RSNA 2011: from PACS to MACS - Telemis offers next-generation multimedia solution.

Second generation PACS software combines integrated support for DICOM and non-DICOM images with comprehensive multimedia and sharing functionality

Telemis, the specialist in medical imaging solutions, is offering visitors to this year's RSNA event the first opportunity to see second-generation PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) software that combines true multimedia capabilities with support for both DICOM and non-DICOM images.

Built on the latest version of Telemis-Medical PACS, the new "MACS" (Multimedia Archiving and Communication System) provides a single, integrated solution for the sharing, archiving, retrieval and editing of digital images, high-definition video and other multimedia files across a wide variety of medical disciplines. All standard DICOM formats including DICOM-RT, DICOM Multiframe and DICOM-Video are supported.

Using MACS, radiologists, nuclear medicine specialists, endoscopists, surgeons, clinicians and a variety of other medical professionals can quickly and easily access the same tools and visualization functionality via a consistent, intuitive interface. As well as sharing information within a hospital, clinic or practice, MACS supports external, secure access via PCs and laptops for medical staff that may be travelling or based at other locations. In addition a module is also available that allows general practitioners (GPs) to securely access their patients' medical images from their local surgeries.

While Telemis MACS provides the leading solution for hospitals, clinics and private practices looking to install their first PACS system, it can also be used to replace and upgrade existing PACS systems from a variety of suppliers. Telemis has developed specific tools for migration and recovery of patient history data that ensures rapid and seamless evolution to a MACS implementation - either as an upgrade of an existing PACS or a complete migration from PACS to MACS.

Telemis CEO, Stephane Ketelaer, comments: "The ability for professionals across a variety of disciplines to access all relevant files, images and videos from anywhere at anytime can significantly speed patient diagnosis, treatment and recuperation. For example, using the system radiologists can plan treatment from any meeting room or perform MPR from their laptop; surgeons can review HD video of operations and endoscopic examinations; and family physicians can access historical data to improve diagnosis."

Built into Version 4.3 of Telemis-Medical PACS, the new MACS functionality also offers an extensive range of tools for collaboration that will enable radiologists and clinicians to work more efficiently together. These innovations, which include real-time screen sharing and instant messaging will speed and simplify the ability of two experts to share their views.