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Medical Image Repository Interfaced with PACS

 A Neuroradiology MIRC database


Clinical PACS (picture archive and communications system) is a rich source of teaching and research material, yet the potential for PACS to support non-clinical applications has not been fully realised. MIRC (Medical Image Resource Center) is a new
central repository that defines standards for data exchange between institutes worldwide. In collaboration with the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBE), we have built a computer server that retrieves DICOM images from PACS, converts them to JPEG, and creates neurological disease databases, including ACR code indices. We test-populated the databases with teaching file cases from the PACS caseload of NNI Singapore. Together, PACS and MIRC have great potential to benefit radiology teaching, research and clinical support.