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FAQ: Can I get image data from a particular imaging device?

Possibly. The HIRO is generally only able to retrieve and process image data from devices that are connected to the Medical Center's clinical PACS. This includes a majority of the imaging scanners and systems in the Medical Center, including most CT and MRI scanners, ultrasound scanners, PET scanners, nuclear medicine systems and x-ray systems. There are a few exceptions, and there are a few imaging devices that are not currently connected to or are incompatible with the clinical PACS.

The following types of exams are not currently stored in the hospital's clinical PACS:

  • Cardiac catheterization procedures
  • Cardiac electrophysiology procedures
  • Echocardiography procedures
  • Some endoscopy procedures
  • Ob/Gyn ultrasound exams
  • Ophthalmology exams, including optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans and slit lamp photography
  • DEXA (or DXA) scans
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy procedures
  • CT scans performed by Radiation Oncology for the purposes of radiation therapy planning
  • Some MRI scans performed in the MRI Research Center

In some of the cases above, the HIRO is not able to obtain copies of these types of exams directly. However, if you need a copy of a type of exam from the list above, the HIRO can still assist you. Note that in some cases you may need to obtain a copy of the exam from the appropriate department and bring it to the HIRO for evaluation (the HIRO is often able to assist with this if needed). If you have questions about obtaining image data from a specific imaging device, please contact the HIRO.

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