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Diagnostic Imaging (DI) Standards allow authorized health care providers to electronically collect, store, manage, distribute and view patient radiology and images entirely in digital format. The DI Standards are the building blocks that facilitate sharing of DI Information and make the information an integral part of longitudinal patient records regardless of where the images or reports are required or created.

DICOM                                                                                             CAS *

  • Standard for handling, storing, printing, and transmitting information in medical imaging.
  • Enables the integration of scanners, servers, workstations, printers, and network hardware from multiple manufacturers into a picture archiving and communication system (PACS).
  • Improves access to DI assessment and specialty services
  •  Improves access to images and reports and reduces wait times for DI services across the PACS member region
  • Improves quality of diagnostic services through the use of viewing tools and access to diagnostic imaging history
  • Improves quality of DI information used at the point of service
  • Improves continuity of care by facilitating collaboration among care givers and providing access to patient health information
  • Improves productivity of radiologists and technologists
  • Improves turn-around times for DI results
  • Improves workflows and reporting
  • Reduces operational costs associated with the acquisition, storage, management and sharing of DI information


* Status Definitions

Canadian Draft for Use (CDFU) - The standard has been developed but it may or may not be implemented or be in use. The standard is considered ready to be used by early adopters: however, change is probable as stakeholders begin using the standard in implementations.

Canadian Approved Standards (CAS) - The standard is in use for the purpose(s) or context(s) for which it was intended. Only those parts of the standard that have been implemented or are in use can progress for consideration as CAS. This decision point signifies that the standard has reached a level of stability and is comprehensive enough such that major changes are not expected.

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