Definition : Devices designed to acquire, process, and store data and/or images specific to a particular procedure (e.g., radiography, cardiology, ultrasound). The main component of a workstation is usually a high-capacity digital computer. Workstations typically obtain the data directly from the devices that perform the procedure (e.g., digital radiographic units, gamma cameras) or through digitized scans of printed or electronic images (e.g., films, image plates). They typically consist of a high-speed digital computer with a powerful microprocessor, optical/magnetic disks, and input and output devices; a workstation usually follows the instructions of specialized software for data and/or image processing. Workstations are frequently installed as a component of or interact with department and/or hospital information systems, including picture archiving and communication systems.
Entry Terms : "Computer Interfaces" , "Computer Workstations"
UMDC code : 21952