Great Ormond Street equips radiologists with digital tools to enhance the assessment of large datasets

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London, is deploying an enterprise imaging solution, including a PACS, from Sectra.

Staff will be able to analyse images in new ways and the solution is expected to improve efficiency, open up new possibilities around AI and allow specialists to share their expertise more easily beyond the trust.

Assistant director of ICT Anthony Harper said: “This upgrade in digital diagnostic tools will bring a range of benefits to our staff as they report on imaging that informs diagnoses and allows clinicians to monitor disease progression for patients.

“Day to day this will make all the difference for our radiologists, who will be better able to manipulate large imaging datasets using modern techniques, such as 4D tracheal CTs, optical coherence tomography, functional MR urography and more. We will widen our utilisation of advanced image processing, while enhanced ways of displaying imaging information in multidisciplinary teams will enrich collaboration within the hospital.”

Efficiencies enabled by the new system are expected to help imaging specialists to manage a higher throughput of diagnostic studies. For example, radiology professionals will be able to view and report on images in a single system, which also provides integrated voice recognition.

Reliance on manual processes around external image retrieval will also be reduced, with standards in the system allowing the trust to more easily plug in to initiatives at integrated care system level, across London and nationally.

The system will support a modern mobile radiology workforce, with home reporting being made available through a managed service from Sectra.

Richer information will become available at the point of reporting. Anatomical cross referencing will aid radiologists when reviewing cancers and other diseases over different scans. Being able to review historical imaging and layer different scans will support staff as they examine progression of illness. Additionally, cardiology images will be available in the PACS.

Picture: Great Ormond Street specialists can share their expertise more easily beyond the trust with the Sectra enterprise imaging solution.

Published on page 2 of the February 2023 issue of RAD Magazine.

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