What is a Medical Imaging Solution and How to Build it to Store & Share Medical Images?

2 weeks ago

Healthcare in today’s world is more data and information collected by patients, providers, medical devices, and IoT sensors.

This data can be in the form of text, images, and videos. 

Utilizing these data, providers make informed decisions that enhance the overall patient outcome. 

However, the challenge here is storing, managing, and sharing these data, especially clinical data stored in the form of images.

What makes the situation more challenging here is the interoperability issues as medical images are generated in different formats, but must be collected and shared in a specific format which is DICOM. 

Here is where a medical imaging solution or medical image management solution comes to the rescue. 

What is a medical imaging solution? 

It gets difficult to manage medical images especially, when patients are sharing them in image format.

Providers need to have a dedicated solution that lets them collect, save, and share images.

However, ours isn’t like a typical image management solution. 

A medical imaging solution enables providers to centrally manage all images often hidden in multiple PACs, imaging systems, CDs, DVDs, and other storage media. 

Most importantly, a healthcare imaging solution ensures that the image is in DICOM format - to share it easily among different healthcare systems. 

As you can now easily recognize, DICOM is at the heart of medical imaging solutions. So, let’s study it. 

The need for medical image sharing

Medical images need to be shared for expert opinion, second opinion, virtual consultation, critical conditions, etc. Some critical use cases for medical image sharing involve:

  • Specialists consultation
  • Telehealth (teleconsultations, virtual monitoring, etc.)
  • Trauma transfers
  • Ambulatory image reviews
  • Remote image viewing

An introduction to DICOM and why it is very important for medical images 

DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine) is a set of standards or protocols that specify how medical images must be communicated and managed.

It aims to ensure interoperability between systems that collect, store and save medical images. 

If DICOM wasn’t there, different healthcare and imaging systems would store and manage clinical images in a way that’s feasible to them. It would result in interoperability issues when sharing these images from one system to another.

To make you understand DICOM easily, we’re sharing a complete clinical workflow of a patient requiring to go through an MRI. 

Here, there are two types of data being generated and managed. The first one is the text-based data and the second is the visual content, i.e., MRI results.

All text-based data are managed with the HL7 protocol, while visual content is managed with the DICOM protocol. 

Due to DICOM, it is easier and more secure than ever to transfer images generated by the MRI system to a storage archive and then access it from the workstation monitor.

Or further, share images with a healthcare provider of an outside entity from the radiology center. 

What are the benefits of building medical imaging software?

Medical image management software solves some of the very frustrating challenges which healthcare providers usually face while dealing with medical images. And that’s why it assures a high ROI possibility. 

Some of the top benefits include,

  • Enhance image access and exchange 

All medical images are centrally stored in ready-to-use and ready-to-exchange DICOM format. This leads to easy image access and exchange - even with other clinical centers. 

  • Smarter collaboration 

Due to centrally located clinical images, clinicians can concurrently collaborate for discussion and knowledge sharing. 

In other words, a provider from clinic A and another provider from clinic B can see the same clinical image on their system even while not under the same roof.

Such clinical collaboration results in more accurate care plans and quicker patient recovery. And most importantly, it saves the collaboration time and efforts of clinicians. 

  • More informed clinical decision making 

By checking all historical medical images of a patient which are now easily accessible under each patient’s profile, a clinician can connect the dots and make informed decisions.

AI imaging solution - future of medical imaging  

A medical image hides crucial information about a patient’s current and potential healthcare challenges. 

Many times, experienced healthcare providers can identify the healthcare challenges in the early stage and even predict the healthcare challenge the patient may face soon. 

However, not everyone can do it, especially in identifying rare healthcare challenges in the early stage by studying medical images.

AI imaging solution plays its role here.

Utilizing ground-breaking AI and ML techniques & algorithms, it evaluates the medical images and finds possible healthcare & wellness issues in the early stage. 

Early-stage discovery of any healthcare condition allows clinicians to start treatment early which in the majority of cases proves to be life-saving.    

Expand possibilities of healthcare imaging solution with cloud 

Adopting the cloud while building a healthcare imaging solution expands its clinical value 10X. 

The cloud-based solution ensures that clinical images are accessible anytime and anywhere.

Meaning, a clinician does not need to have access to a specific workstation for accessing those images. He can access it from any device by providing authorized credentials.

Most importantly, a cloud-based solution delivers higher security promises as generally, a cloud has a military-grade security mechanism in place. 

Moreover, a cloud-based solution eliminates the scope of data loss as a backup is always available for you to restore data in the event of data loss.

And last but not least, a cloud-based solution is more affordable and easier to maintain than an on-premise solution. 

How can we help you build your own medical imaging solution to store clinical images seamlessly? 

We’re an Ontario-based healthcare-focused IT company. (This single line tells everything about us!) 

Ontario-based= We’re local Canadians. We have on-ground knowledge of the Canadian healthcare market, how healthcare works, patients’ needs, providers’ challenges, and data privacy laws.  

Healthcare-focused IT company = We have only been entertaining healthcare IT projects. We’ve worked with hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, LTC homes, and healthcare startups. We have dedicated healthcare developers, UI/UX designers, business analysts, and compliance experts who have been working only on healthcare projects since the first day of their professional careers. 

With our specific expertise in healthcare IT and compliance, we have more than the required skill set to empower you with the right tech for easy management of medical images. 

(And our prior experience building similar solutions is the cherry on the cake!)