Welcome to the AdvaPACS Documentation! This documentation aims to provide you with all the information you need to effectively use AdvaPACS. Here, you'll find tutorials, how-to articles, and references.
What is AdvaPACS?
PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System), is a digital system used to store, send, and view DICOM instances produced by imaging modalities including X-Ray, CT, MRI and Ultrasound. It is made up of a network of the imaging modalities themselves, back-end servers for storage, and display stations for viewing the images.
These devices communicate through the network using a communication protocol called DICOM, which allows the DICOM instances to be transferred between devices in the network.
Many PACS systems are located onsite in a medical facility and managed by its IT staff. While this arrangement can be effective, it can also be expensive to maintain due to the need for constant hardware upgrades to accommodate increasing amounts of data. In addition, software updates are necessary to keep the system running smoothly and protect it from cybersecurity threats. All of these require a significant amount of financial investment in IT employees, training, and equipment, which not all businesses are always prepared to make.
AdvaPACS is a fully managed, cloud-native PACS where the infrastructure and software needed to run the system are hosted remotely on the cloud.
As your data grows, you never have to worry about upgrading the hardware to increase storage capacity. The platform scales according to demand, and you only pay for the resources you consume.
How is the data accessed and managed?
AdvaPACS is a web-based platform designed to be accessible with just a web browser on a laptop or desktop. It runs on all major browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. With this, you can view DICOM instances and review patients' data from virtually anywhere as long as you have a stable internet connection.
How is the data sent to the cloud?
The instances are sent to the cloud through the AdvaPACS Gateway, which is an application included in the AdvaPACS platform.
The AdvaPACS Gateway is installed on a server in a medical facility that has access to the medical images to be uploaded to the cloud. This server should be connected to a network that has access to the medical imaging equipment to allow instances to be sent automatically directly from the modality.
Alternatively, if your modality supports DICOM TLS, you can send direct to the cloud using the AdvaPACS Cloud Gateway.
Check out our Getting Started guide, which introduces you to the features of AdvaPACS and helps you become familiar with its interface.