KGH's Picture and Archive Communications System (PACS) is the computer storage system used by the Imaging department to store all of the images from procedures as well as the information associated with those images.
Whether your imaging exam was a typical X-ray or something more complicated like a C.T. scan, M.R.I. or ultrasound, all of the images are electronically stored on a very large computer network. We may refer back to these images at a later date to do followup examination comparisons or for other medical reasons.
Where do my images go?
Archived images can be retrieved by your doctor as long as the doctor is linked with KGH. Your doctor may access your images for a number of reasons, for example, they could want to do analysis or measurements on the image, or they may want to review them with you.
The PACS network in Kingston links all local hospitals in the Eastern Ontario region and allows the hospitals to share the images for referral and follow-up purposes. In many cases, this may prevent you from having another examination at another hospital.
If a you need to take your images back to a doctor or specialist outside the Kingston area, we can also record your images onto a CD for the doctor or specialist to view. This also may prevent you from having to undergo another imaging examination in another city. This is one way of ensuring that KGH reduces the number of exams our patients must undergo.
Can I get a copy?
You can request a copy of your images on CD, particularly if you are being referred to a doctor or institution outside our local PACS network. Please note that your imaging examination is part of your electronic medical record (EMR) and there may be a fee for obtaining the CD record of your exam.
Regional PACS networks are in place in a number of locations in each province. In Ontario, we have several “regions” linked together with regional PACS networks, where hospitals and clinics can share the electronic/digital archiving and retrieval of patient imaging examination records. If you need to have your images shared with another hospital or physician outside of our region, or out-of-province, please ask a member of the Diagnostic Imaging department for more information on how this may be done.