Friday, March 03, 2006

Foot rendering

Simple binary foot dataset (128*128*128) rendered using SGI's OpenGL Volumizer

3D texture mapping is the method used.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Volume Visualization libraries

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Volume Rendering with Medical Applications

Monday, January 30, 2006

Fallacies of surgical spines

Brain MRI scans to detect liars

Matter bound by light

Monday, January 23, 2006

Finding bipolar disorder with MRI

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Responsibilities of a PACS admin

* Troubleshoot applications problems for system users and record issues in call tracking system
* Monitor health of near-line storage, archive servers, web servers, PACS/Audit databases, print servers, and RIS Interfaces)
* Assist with HL7 interface installations/configurations
* Assist with DICOM interface installations/configurations (including: DICOM Store,
* Monitor health of PACS network, assist IT with network troubleshooting
* Modify/Enhance PACS workflow processes for increased efficiency, HIPAA Compliance, etc.
* Provide PACS System training to internal departments
* Manage user accounts (permissions and roles)
* Assist vendor with major installations and upgrades
* Provide after-hours support as part of "on-call" rotation
* Assist vendor with all stages of project management for new phases
* Troubleshoot and resolve PACS equipment hardware problems
* Manage modality configurations with respect to PACS interfacing
* Install and maintain vendor software running on hospital supplied hardware
* Assist with GUI customization and configuration changes
* Publish "How To" guides for PACS applications procedures
* Plan preparation procedures for PACS system downtime

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Digital Radiography Competency


Department: Imaging Services Position: Radiology Technologist I and II

Competency Statement: Demonstrates ability to produce quality images in Digital Radiography.

Performance Criteria: Produces diagnostic quality images


Assessment Criteria

Date & Initial

1. Selects patient from worklist using one of the three methods.

A, B or C

2. Selects appropriate exposure factors for exam, patient age/size and clinical objective.

A, B or C

3. Collimates as much as possible for patient radiation protection and clinical objective.

A, B or C

4. Positions patient per exam criteria while being aware of the patient’s abilities to move/understand and respond to instructions.

A, B or C

5. Uses markers on the films

A or B

6. Understands how to view each image for diagnostic quality. For example, can identify if an image is underexposed or overexposed.

A, B or C

7. Demonstrates how to print the exam, using correct orientation and multiformat if necessary

A, B or C

8. Troubleshoots recurrent errors, knows process to contact service if necessary.

A, B or C

9. Demonstrates how to send exam, or individual images to PACS.

A, B or C


1.) Department Policy & Procedure Manual SRMH and PVH

Assessment Options:

A = Actual Job Performance (Outcome Data)

B = Simulation

C = Oral Test

D = Written Test

Observer Initial Observer Signature

Based upon Imaging Director’s/Supervisors review of competency, along with observations and interaction with this employee and input from other staff members, this employee is (please check appropriate box below):

r 1. Competent to function within the current job description.

r 2. Competent to function within the current job description. Action plan follows.

r 3. Unable to function within current job description. Action plan follows.

Action Plan to Achieve


Successfully Completed







Employee Signature Date

Reviewer Signature Date

Retain original in department file