Training course PACS & VNA administrator advanced

This training course provides the attendee with a deeper knowledge of the PACS/VNA architecture and future direction. You will get to know what activities are expected from an experienced PACS and or VNA administrator, including the set of PACS/VNA policies and procedures. We will also get hands on experience and learn how to use advanced troubleshooting tools to identify and resolve PACS/VNA image quality and connectivity issues.

This training course is a collaboration between the Danish Society of Radiology, OTech and MedicalPHIT. 

For who:

  • PACS/VNA administrators who have been working in this field and like to get a perspective on where PACS/VNA is going
  • Vendors, i.e. applications specialists and service engineers to provide them with diagnostic tools and knowledge to support their PACS/VNA better and more effectively
  • Architects and system integrators to get an understanding of the workflow and corresponding standards to be used for connectivity

Learning objectives:
After the seminar you will be able to:

  • Enhance your role as a PACS/VNA administrator by having a reference to most common duties
  • Have a thorough understanding of the PACS and enterprise VNA architecture to anticipate future direction and planning
  • Prepare for the impact of new modality formats (pathology, enhanced MR/CT, 3-D printing)
  • Use tools for troubleshooting modality and PACS/VNA connections (provided as part of the course)

We expect from the attendees a couple of years’ experience and familiarity with standards (DICOM, HL7, IHE). You will need to bring your windows-based laptop. With admin rights (install software tools) and UTP (adapter) connection.

The course materials will be in English, the course will be delivered in English.  

Seminar materials:

-flash drive with tools (RIS simulator, Modality simulator, Wireshark sniffer and sample transactions and images)

-PACS fundamentals textbook

-softcopy of slide hand-outs

 Trainer  Herman Oosterwijk

Day 1: PACS/VNA fundamentals

-PACS/VNA evolution (2.0, 3.0 and beyond)

-new standards facilitating PACS/VNA evolution (FHIR, DICOMWeb, XDS)

-Acquisition, viewing, back-end architecture and AI developments

-VNA, levels and deconstructed PACS

-Image sharing and encounter-based imaging

-Integration: API, standards-based, web-based and examples (PACS, RIS, EMR driven)

-Typical PACS/VNA administration tasks; PACS policies/procedures and QA/QC


Day 2: PACS/VNA support (hands-on, windows-based laptop required)

-Image quality: pixel pipeline, IHE test images, AAPM test set

-New DICOM additions: pathology, structured reports for dose and Ultrasound, enhanced image types

-Simulation of the order, worklist, image store, retrieve, and report cycle using open source and licensed software, using Wireshark sniffer to monitor traffic and identify errors

-Top ten PACS/VNA support issues

-Panel discussion, Q and A: PACS/VNA challenges and how to anticipate them in the European context

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