PACS-Phase-1-Course-Outline

Introduction

The PACS Engineers & Administrator Certification Phase I will teach the clinical and technical skills necessary to understand and analyze today's PACS system administrative challenges. Students will learn digital integration between all systems in the imaging departments including modalities and information management systems. The technical concepts that will be covered will allow students to troubleshoot network hardware, first response software and DICOM related image transfer issues.



Prerequisites

The seasoned service professional must have a basic understanding of computer fundamentals, be able to navigate windows operating system, and have completed. Students are required to bring their own laptop



Objectives

Upon completion of the course participants will be able to:

  • Perform day-to-day network hardware maintenance
  • Manage department security and patient record confidentiality
  • Demonstrate understanding of architecture and communication of entire digital imaging networks
  • Recognize DICOM and software related image displays and transmission problems


Course Outline

Day 1
  • Hardware - 8:30AM
    • Dedicated processing
    • Disk technology
    • Reliability
    • Redundancy - 10:00AM
  • Lab Activities
    • Configure & Build RAID Array using test server - 1:00PM
Day 2
  • Operating systems - 8:30AM
    • Unix
    • File system - 10:00AM
      • Permissions
      • Viewing & editing files - 1:00PM
    • DOS
    • Windows - 2:30PM

    Day 3
    • Databases - 8:30AM
      • SQL
    • Data representations - 10:00AM
      • Binary/Hex
      • Signed/Unsigned/Floating Point
      • Monochrome/RGB
    • Lab Activities - 1:00PM
      • Install and build SQL database
      • SQL queries
      • SQL joins - 2:30PM
    Day 4
    • Networking technology - 8:30AM
      • Topologies
      • Hardware - 10:00AM
      • OSI model
      • Bandwidth
      • Ethernet, TCP/IP - 1:00PM
        • Addressing
        • Routing
        • Subnetting
          • Lay out hospital subnets
          • Hardware for best performance
        • FTP
        • Configuration
        • TCP packet analysis
        • Troubleshooting - 2:30PM
      • Monitoring performance
    Day 5
    • Security concepts - 8:30AM
      • Authentication - 10:00AM
      • Authorization
      • Confidentiality
      • Integrity
      • Encryption - 1:00PM
      • User management & access Parameters
      • Monitor audit trails
      • Maintain integrity of patient confidentiality - 2:30PM
    Day 6
    • PACS overview - 8:30AM
      • PACS architecture - 10:00AM
      • PACS components
      • Communication
      • Components
        • CR/DR
      • Viewstation/workstation requirements - 2:30PM
    Day 7
    • PACS overview (cont'd) - 8:30AM
      • Archiving
      • Storage technology - 10:00AM
        • DAS/NAS/SAN
        • RAID
        • Exchange media
        • Backup patient demographics and image directories
      • Hospital workflow - 1:00PM
        • Digital radiology imaging
        • Image characteristics
        • QA/QC programs - 2:30PM
        • Configure image routing and route tables
    Day 8
    • PACS overview cont'd - 8:30AM
      • Administering exam flow
      • Results reporting - 10:00AM
      • Dictation
      • Speech recognition
      • Remote system viewing - 1:00PM
    • Prior/outside exam handling
      • Film - 2:30PM
      • Digitization
      • Import CDs

    DICOM Introduction - The following concepts will be introduced, these concepts will be covered in detail in PACS Phase II

    Day 9
    • DICOM introduction - 8:30AM
      • DICOM vocabulary
      • Functions of DICOM
    • DICOM information model - 10:00AM
      • Patient
      • Study
      • Series
      • Image
    • DICOM files
    • DICOM storage - 1:00PM
    • DICOM standard
      • DICOM objects
        • Composite
        • Normalized
      • Services

    SOP classes

    Day 10
    • DICOM conformance statements - 8:30AM
      • Analyzing conformance statements
      • Requirements
      • Troubleshooting - 10:00AM
      • Analyzing facility requirement gaps
    • Configuration network modalities
      • Application entities
    • DICOM transmission sequence
      • DICOM association
      • DICOM workflow
        • Transfer syntax presentation context
      • DICOM troubleshooting - 1:00PM
        • DICOM emulators
        • TCP/IP ping
        • DICOM verification (echo)
        • Send/Receive test messages
        • Modify image headers
        • Image anonymization
      • DICOM image consistency
        • Grayscale standard display function
    • RSTI's PACS Engineer & Administrator Phase I Exam

    Labs:

    • Windows PACS Server:
      • Assemble Server with RAID Array
      • Configure & Format RAID Array
      • Install Windows OS
      • Install MySQL Database
      • Configure MySQL Database
      • Install Open-Source PACS software
      • Configure Open-Source PACS software
      • Test Open-Source PACS install using various modalities & laptop troubleshooting tools

    Linux PACS Server

    • Assemble Server with RAID Array
    • Configure & Format RAID Array
    • Install Linux OS
    • Install MySQL Database
    • Configure MySQL Database
    • Install Open-Source PACS software
    • Configure Open-Source PACS software
    • Test Open-Source PACS install using various modalities & laptop troubleshooting tools

logos