Are “Hanging Protocols” Necessary in Cloud PACS?
Hanging Protocol is a legacy term that refers to the systematic method of hanging X-ray film on a light box. Even as digital imaging and PACS became a standard part of the radiology landscape, the term remained, and most traditional PACS systems provided the functionality of both predefined and user configurable Hanging Protocols.
The rationale behind of the using these protocols, even with digital images it that it enables the radiologists and clinicians to view the imaging data in an expected and order that is optimal for them to review, depending upon the parameters of the imaging case.
Therefore, even when moving totally away from the hardware-bound traditional PACS and into the cloud retaining Hanging Protocols is considered a “best practice.” Like traditional PACS Cloud PACS often offer a preset as well as configurable options for the protocols. However, with traditional PACS, modifying the protocols is difficult for users to do “on the fly” for their own preferences, while in Cloud PACS, it can be much easier for users to modify as needed.
Benefits of Hanging Protocol
The use of a standard hanging protocol allows the medical professional to review and study medical image views for patients in a particular predictable sequence, which allows the medical practitioner to more efficiently analyze medical image views for a large number of patients. Hanging protocol increases radiologists’ efficiency by saving the time they spend in manual reordering of the images for viewing for diagnosis. Hanging protocols vary based on modality, body part, department, personal preference, etc.Read More