Macs making a home in Radiology departments?

People constantly say that the Mac makes a great computer for home users, and I can’t disagree with that, but it’s the flipside that really gets me going. When people tell me that the Mac has no place in a professional environment, the first thing that comes to my mind is scared IT professionals who were brought up on Windows certification courses.

Anyway, today Apple released a case study on their website about a Radiology lab that utilizes Apple technologies to ensure that their patients are getting the best care possible. It’s one thing for a technologist to say that Macs are cheaper to support in the long run, but it’s another thing altogether when a professional in another field reiterates the same sentiments.

“I spent $40,000 and I have a PACS ( picture archiving and communication system) that people spend $400,000 for,” says Bakker. “And it’s better. But the really nice thing is, I can help small hospitals to get into PACS with minimal cost. A little hospital that can’t afford a PACS can access images through an iMac, download OsiriX Pro, and look at images. The iMac can route those studies to me. My own hardware costs were so reasonable that I can offer to store their images at no cost.”

This is a prime example of how the world is changing, and more importantly how modern technology, that’s available to everyone, is starting to lower the cost of saving lives. It’s a great read, and I’d recommend checking out the full article.