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What is DICOMetrix?

DICOMetrix  is a resource tool that enables PACS Administrators, Radiology and IT Managers and Directors and IT personnel to actively monitor, historically and mathematically track system performance, and alert radiology and PACS support staff about system slow-downs and outages. Easy to Interpret read-out based in Images-Per-Second something that is easy for all users to relate to.

•  “At a glance” real-time simple diagnosis of your network flow.
•  User defined gauges and graphic interfaces for time intervals.
•  Full screen mode and mini-mode viewing options. No screen clutter.
• Low CPU usage and near zero temporal delays so there is no lag on delivery of images.
• Workstation Client,  5, 10, 25, 50 & 125 Channel DICOM Server versions available.
• Web based Enterprise System version for monitoring, alerting and tracking individual modalities, workstation, and any combination of nodes on your entire network giving you edge to edge visibility and analytical coverage

DICOMetrix FEATURES

  • Real time DICOM & network data monitoring of the entire PACS system from the Modality through the Radiologist workstation
  • Very Low to Zero Impact on the host CPU resources or measurement induced temporal delays. It was designed from the beginning to be part of the solution of PACS systems monitoring, not part of the problem.
  • Log’s and Stores many year’s worth of DICOM & Network data on the host machine.
  • Very easy to use & understand user programmable dash-board with real-time graphical feature with  one second resolution and 10 second to 24 hour relative visual analytical comparisons.
  • Continuous monitoring of key Network Interface Card speeds and settings ensuring no blind-siding to create unforeseen image transfer slowdowns. Provides early warning to PACS admin’s via email & pager when NIC settings have been changed causing undetected slowdowns.
  • Removes the patient care delay when NIC settings are changed, undetected and uncorrected.  Eliminates the hidden downstream impact on technologist overtime when delay in the image transfer chain is occurring.
  • Monitors PACS workstations on both hard wired and Wireless networks.
  • Displays measurement results in both DICOM Images per Second and in Kilo-bytes per second.
  • Multiple user programmable dashboard gauges giving the user true averaging from 1 minute up to 1 year, all visible with a quick glance.
  • Recognizes and accurately counts all formats of DICOM Images coming into and out of any PACS system component running Windows OS.
  • Easy start & stop feature allows precision measurements to be made.
  • Easy to program warning and alarming thresholds that allow customizing for all types and speeds of networks.
  • Miniature Mode feature to reduce the visible desktop signature of the utility allowing the user to work unimpeded as the software continually monitors the image traffic. Also folds to the task bar for zero visual impact.
  • Mini-Mode gauge features on-the-fly adjustable measurement averaging and visual transparency levels to further reduce the signature on the host computer.
  • Web DES system provides intelligent Early Warning features that will alert your PACS support team through pages or emails of system performance degradation.
  • Real-time Distributed Intelligent PACS system performance data gathering. Enterprise data sent to stand alone Enterprise server software.
  • Complete user selectable SKINS with 32 bit color palate for all display interfaces.

 

DICOMetrix BENEFITS

 

  • Provides accurate and easily measurable  - visual metrics of how DICOM data is arriving or departing a modality, a PACS server , or PACS workstation.
  • Provides the necessary tool for all PACS users to become active participants in understanding and ensuring timely PACS data transfers in the Radiology and Cardiology Imaging departments.
  • Provides all PACS users the visually see how fast and if all their images were sent into the PACS system or arriving from the PACS system to the viewing workstation.
  • Provides PACS Administrators’ a real-time view of their entire PACS enterprise’s performance
  •  Prevents Modality Vendor software updates and upgrades from degrading the network speeds from going un-noticed and by sensing any changes and alerting PACS support personnel so they can deal with it before patient care is impacted due to delays in the PACS imaging chain.
  • Provides IT support staff the tools to perform system performance baseline measurements from modality to viewing workstation.
  • Provides system performance reporting for potential JHACO tracking.
  • Provides pro-active early warnings to PACS and IT support staffs when PACS system performance is degraded.
  •  Provides analytical PACS system performance data for systems percentage usage and for growth planning.
  • Provides Radiology administration with the tools to avoid patient care delays caused by the technologist not easily identifying or knowing how fast the images are getting into the PACS system.  Removes the emotional component of not knowing, eliminates guessing. Provides Directors with better information to assist them in identifying PACS systems delays and their effects on the department workflow allowing increased departmental efficiency and eventual cost recovery.
  • Provides visibility into random PACS system slowdowns whether perceived or truly observed.
  • Help’s eliminate the notable and unforeseen effects of delayed image delivery in a simple or complex PACS environment.
  • Provides Radiology Technologist an easy to read view into the dynamic performance of the modalities PACS queue allowing them to concentrate more on scanning the patient and also a more accurate idea of what to tell the radiologists ‘quantitatively’ about when the images have arrived in PACS. More time with the patient and less time manipulating the machine translates to better patient care.
  • Reduces the level of Radiologist frustration and stress as they will know that the technologists’ status updates and image location information is more accurate.
  • Further improves the Radiologists workflow and efficiency by being able to address system slowdowns as they appear rather than after the radiologist has been effected by it for hours or days. Makes it so they can read more patient studies per unit time and with reduced stress -translating to better patient care and an increased bottom line for both the Radiologist but for the department also.
  • Allows radiologists working from home or a remote office to also visually identify their remote PACS access speeds.  Helps remove the emotional component from potential trouble calls by allowing them to report easily readable and understood transfer speeds to support personnel.
  • Remote users also become familiar with the speeds of all their Internet surfing and as a result become a more active and informed participant in their home or office network environments.
  • Sets the industry standard for understanding and communicating PACS and other DICOM related image performance monitoring.