There are a number of ways in which PACS influences your role as a radiographer.
- Radiographers can very quickly determine the quality of the image taken. Previously they would need to wait for the film to be processed through a film processor, which takes about 90 seconds, before determining that the image was acceptable
- As a result of electronic requesting, radiographers have all the necessary information available to them in a digitalised format. As a result, investigation will be appropriate to the request and safer for the patient - misinterpretation of what is handwritten can be a thing of the past
- Information only needs to be entered into the system once. This reduces some of the administrative tasks currently undertaken by radiographers, thereby freeing up time to focus on caring for the patient
- Radiographers experience lower radiation doses, as PACS reduces the need for repeat examinations through inaccurately exposed images and lost films
- The ability to manipulate images once they are taken means that radiographers can zoom in on areas of interest to ensure adequate information has been captured, which can then be passed on to the relevant clinician
- PACS contributes to a better working environment, as the lack of film processing will result in a quieter and chemical free workspace