University College London Hospitals go filmless with Agfa PACS
13 October 2005
University College London Hospitals (UCLH) has installed Agfa's Impax
picture archiving and communications system in its new £225 million
building. All the sites within UCLH are expected to be fully digital by the
end of October.
The high speed links between UCLH sites and the ease of use of the system
has resulted in widespread acceptance from clinicians and radiologists.
"Both have welcomed Impax because of its overwhelming advantages such as
being able to access images anytime anywhere and no longer having to search
for films or storage space," said Peter Dawson, Clinical Director of
Radiology. Clinicians in nearby specialist hospitals, such as the National
Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square, have also found
Impax invaluable since they can view a patients images before they arrive
for their examination. This helps them reach an accurate diagnosis more
Following a comprehensive clinical benefit and value for money analysis,
UCLH opted for Agfa Impax outside of the National Programme for IT (NPfIT).
UCLH is also renowned as a centre of excellence for teaching, therefore it
was essential to have digital capture and digital archives. "To be regarded
as a centre of excellence for teaching, it is essential to have digital
capture and digital archives. We believe Impax will prove remarkably
advantageous for clinical research," said Dave Plummer, Head of Strategic
It is the overall vision of the IT department to go fully filmless. The
Trust is predominantly filmless, with the final stage of the project for
Agfa to relocate some of the existing equipment to newly refurbished
buildings. By the end of October all sites within the Trust will be fully
digital. After this, the IDX Carecast electronic patient record system,
which will log key patient information, orders and resluts, will be
impemented across all sites within the Trust. At this stage Agfa will
then integrate their Web1000 image distribution software fully into the IDX
EPR solution. Clinicians throughout the Trust will then have full image
access from their EPR desktop.