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Referring physician perceptions of picture archive and communication systems

Ryno Schoeman, Nicky Mostert-Phipps
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 19, No 1 | a790 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v19i1.790 | © 2015 Ryno Schoeman, Nicky Mostert-Phipps | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 February 2015 | Published: 20 November 2015

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Ryno Schoeman, Department of Information Technology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
Nicky Mostert-Phipps, Department of Information Technology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa


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Abstract

The picture archive and communication system (PACS) is a digital radiographic system that is steadily replacing the older film-based radiographic records. Despite the various benefits associated with PACS implementation, it is not yet clear what referring physicians think of such systems. This article reviews their thoughts and perceptions, which were obtained via surveys that were completed by referring physicians with practices at private hospitals in Port Elizabeth. A critical analysis of the data collected indicated that most referring physicians perceive PACS to be beneficial.

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