Many hospitals and other medical facilities use PACS computers and Pacs monitors. Picture archiving and communication system or PACS computers are being used instead of hard copies of x rays and other images. With Pacs workstations, different medical professionals in different locations can all see the images at the same time.
X rays have been used to diagnose health issues for a very long time. They were already in use for a long time before it was discovered that the ionizing radiation involved could be dangerous. Lead aprons allow patients to have x rays taken while protecting them from the radiation. X rays are often administered by radiologists, who are physicians who specialize in radiology and are trained in interpreting medical images and imaging procedures. Radiologists may also provide other items such as lead glasses to provide protection for patients, and imaging machines require regular checks and maintenance in order to monitor the amount of radiation.
The use of PCS computers eliminates the need for the manual filing and transporting of film jackets. Instead of having to retrieve and deliver print copies, electronic images and reports are digitally transmitted via PACS. PACS computers make it faster and easier for medical professionals to see patient x rays.