In the Ophthalmology field the importance of accurate data regarding anatomical areas of the eye are significant for proper treatment decisions. In the examination process ophthalmologists will take different images of the eye in order to diagnosis the need for surgeries. These images provide an important and accurate source of information and references for each patient. As important as it is to collect and analyze this ophthalmic imaging data, its preparation, implementation and storage is just as crucial.
Many ophthalmology practices have implemented the use of DICOM technology to assist in the productivity of their offices, but productivity is just one of the many advantages. DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) imaging in Ophthalmology practices assist in the accurate and appropriate storage, printing, and transmission of ophthalmic imaging and files.
With DICOM imaging, practices and clinics can efficiently store, edit and share medical images. This provides patients and doctors with faster, clearer image results and the ability to post-process the image. Post-Processing of the image allows the operator to manipulate the pixel shades to correct image density and contrast, zoom into problem areas of the image, as well as perform other processing functions that could result in improved diagnosis and fewer repeated examinations.
DICOM imaging also allows for bi-directional communication with the modality. This saves clinic time reducing the amount of data entry for each test. Orders are sent electronically, including the patient demographics, directly into the modality saving time. This results in less error possibility and more efficient workflow for your practice.
Much like the implementation of ophthalmology EMR(electronic medical records), DICOM imaging will work as an electronic medium for file storage. This will provide clinicians and patients with better service. Practices that implement this system will have the benefits of faster file retrieval, easy access to images, affordable storage and access to images from various locations. This allows files and images to be shared electronically between doctors, hospitals and offices without the hassles of hard copies.
Technology is making advancements in the medical field to assure accuracy, efficiency and ease in diagnosis. With Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine, offices do not run the risk of lost or misplaced files or images, or the need to go to each machine in your office to review and interpret each image. All images are stored in a central location and available to all networked computers within the office.