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Radiology Information System (RIS) and Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS)

From Churchill to Vita, our provincial diagnostic imaging system spans 58 sites across all regional health authorities in Manitoba.

RIS and PACSThe system is known as RIS (Radiology Information System) and PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) and helps patients receive test results such as x-rays, MRIs and ultrasounds more quickly.

The RIS allows for patient registration and scheduling in diagnostic imaging and transmission of daily patient schedules to the imaging systems. It improves:

  • delivery of diagnostic imaging services throughout the province
  • access to diagnostic imaging services through electronic scheduling
  • access to wait-time information

The PACS allows radiologists review images via a diagnostic workstation and clinicians to view images on a general-purpose workstation. PACS:

  • improves patient care by enabling timely access to diagnostic imaging results across the province
  • improves turnaround times and reduces duplicate exams
  • improves collaboration and consultation among health-care providers
  • reduces patient transfers from rural and remote communities

PACS statisticsIn 2004, there were 100 PACS users and there are now over 20,000 provincial PACS users.

For more information about RIS and PACS, watch our video, Connecting Solutions to Care.

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