Integration of a Zero-footprint Cloud-based Picture Archiving and Communication System with Customizable Forms for Radiology Research and Education

Acad Radiol. 2018 Jun;25(6):811-818. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2018.01.031. Epub 2018 Mar 16.


Rationale and objectives: The purpose of this study was to integrate web-based forms with a zero-footprint cloud-based Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) to create a tool of potential benefit to radiology research and education.

Materials and methods: Web-based forms were created with a front-end and back-end architecture utilizing common programming languages including Vue.js, Node.js and MongoDB, and integrated into an existing zero-footprint cloud-based PACS.

Results: The web-based forms application can be accessed in any modern internet browser on desktop or mobile devices and allows the creation of customizable forms consisting of a variety of questions types. Each form can be linked to an individual DICOM examination or a collection of DICOM examinations.

Conclusions: Several uses are demonstrated through a series of case studies, including implementation of a research platform for multi-reader multi-case (MRMC) studies and other imaging research, and creation of an online Objective Structure Clinical Examination (OSCE) and an educational case file.

Keywords: Cloud-based PACS; educational case file; multireader study; web-based forms.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / instrumentation
  • Biomedical Research / methods
  • Cloud Computing*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Radiology Information Systems / trends
  • Radiology* / education
  • Radiology* / methods
  • Software*
  • Technology, Radiologic / education
  • Technology, Radiologic / methods
  • Technology, Radiologic / trends