Guidelines and standards for implementation of new PACS/RIS solutions in the UK


The principal aims of this document cover the following:

  • Picture archiving and communication systems (PACS)/radiology information systems (RIS) interoperability
  • Image display
  • Improved image sharing
  • Rationale for image storage.

The main purpose of this paper is to support those organisations which are undergoing or approaching the stage of procuring a new PACS/RIS in terms of operational and technical requirements by means of raising awareness of various national and international standards that support interoperability between PACS and RIS and PACS vendors. Increasing adherence to more open standards for interoperability will enable a more level platform for data sharing between organisations in a timely and efficient manner. In addition, guidelines (additional insights) are given to support a rationale for data storage and archiving.