It used to be that small-scale medical offices appreciated the versatility that a PACS system could provide them, but were overwhelmed by the high cost of PACS. PACS systems were originally only affordable to large hospitals, but the prevalence of personal computers and electronic devices has dramatically brought down the price of medical technologies, including radiology PACS. Today, small and mid-sized medical facilities can find an affordable PACS system for as little as five hundred dollars a month, and these PACS bring all of the useful features that medical offices have come to appreciate.
Radiology PACS run on the nearly universal DICOM platform. Your PACS system will accept digital images taken in a variety of modalities, such as PET, CT, Mammography, Ultrasound, MRI and others, and will convert them to DICOM format. In this format, they can then be used by the PACS system to allow you to view, distribute and store the digital images that you take.
PACS systems are also designed for use in clinical specialties, such as an orthopedic PACS.