GE HealthcareIntegrated IT Solutions, Dynamic Imaging SolutionsCentricity PACS-IW 3.7.3Referring Physicians’ Quick Start GuideThis guide includes all the information you need to begin using Centricity PACS-IW. It is organizedaccording to a logical workflow—stepping you through the initial login, opening and managing astudy and exiting a study. It also includes tips on shortcuts and provides answers to frequently askedquestions. For full information on all Centricity PACS-IW features, click the Help (question mark)button in the upper right corner of the main screen to access the online Help system.Before You BeginFor best results, the following minimum system hardware requirements are recommended: Pentium 4, 3.0 GHz / 2MB Cache, 800MHz FSB 1GB DDR2 667MHz (2x512MB) 1 x 19" / 1MP Color Monitor 128MB nVidia Quadro FX550, DVI/VGA 80GB Hard Drive USB Keyboard and Mouse Internal CD-RW 1000/100/10 Mbps Ethernet Network CardCall support if you need assistance with the following hardware conditions: Centricity PACS-IW can only be accessed using a PC running Windows XP, XP Professional, or2000 and equipped with Internet Explorer Version 6.0. Internet Explorer 7.0 and NetscapeNavigator are not supported. Macintosh is not supported, unless you are using Virtual PC Version 6.0 or better. Set the screen resolution to 1024x768 or higher and to “True Color.” For best performance, a broadband Internet connection is strongly recommended. If you areusing dial-up, consider loading multiple studies simultaneously and then returning to the PCafter they have loaded.Accessing Studies From CDStudies and reports saved to CDs can be read on any computer, even those without access toCentricity PACS-IW. All the necessary utilities to read the study are included on the CD; simply insertthe CD into the CD drive of the computer. A viewer for Centricity PACS-IW opens automatically, andyou can access images and reports using the features described in this document. 2008 General Electric Company. All rights reserved.Page 1

Logging in Via the InternetAs explained in the following steps, you may have to adjust certain settings before logging in.1. Open Internet Explorer.2. From the menu bar, select Tools and then Internet Options.3. Click the Security tab, the Trusted Sites icon and then the Sites button.4. Enter the full URL of your PACS Server (for example: https://site/web).5. Click the Add button, then the Close button.6. Select the Custom Level button. Scroll down to the section called ActiveX Controls and Plugins. Set all components in this section to Enable. Click OK to exit both windows.7. Enter the PACS Server URL in the URL address box of the browser. Press the Enter key.8. When the login screen appears, enter your username and password in lowercase; click theLogin button. See the administrator if you need assistance with your username andpassword.9. A security alert displays. Click Yes. A second security message may also display for first-timeusers; click Yes to this prompt as well. Centricity PACS-IW immediately displays the Study List(the main screen).Note: A pale yellow bar, below the address bar, may prompt you to install Active X controls;click the bar to install them.Pop-up BlockersIf pop-up blockers are enabled on your computer, you must add the Centricity PACS-IW serverwebsite to the Allow Pop-Up list.1. Select Tools from the browser’s main menu, then click Pop-Up Blockers and Pop-up BlockerSettings.2. Enter the Centricity Server address and then click the Add button.3. Click the Close button to save the changes and exit the dialog. 2008 General Electric Company. All rights reserved.Page 2

Viewing for Referring PhysiciansUpon launch of Centricity PACS-IW, a special viewing application opens for referring physicians, whoare recognized by login. This viewer shows only the study interpretations (reports, annotations, keyimages, etc.), instead of the entire study, so as to speed up the workflow. The full Image Viewer canbe invoked at any time to see the entire study in the standard way.The floating (right-click) menu for this viewer is abbreviated from the standard Study List menu. Itshows only those actions that are relevant to a study interpretation, such as viewing reports/notes,comparing studies, viewing a series or thumbnails, matching reports and assigning the study to aworklist. Referring physicians can also receive email notification of updates to studies.Study List BasicsA Study List is a group of similar studies, such as CTs, MRs, or all studies performed today. EachStudy List is displayed under a tab for quick access, and its studies are listed with descriptiveinformation in adjacent columns. Click a tab to display a particular Study List.Use the paging buttons on the toolbar above thetabs to navigate forward or backward throughthe Study List.Use the icons next to each study for a quick grasp of that study’s status:Denotes that the study is selected.Click here to view the study. 2008 General Electric Company. All rights reserved.Page 3

When yellow, this icon indicates that the study is already open by the current user.When red, this icon indicates that the study is already open by another radiologist. Thisfeature is available to radiologists only, as recognized by their login, and is designed tohelp radiologists make updates to only one copy of a study.Indicates the note/report status; gray indicates that no note or report is attached to the study.If the notepad icon is yellow, then a note has been attached to the study.If the notepad icon is green, then a final report has been attached to the study.If the notepad icon is pale yellow, then an internal note has been attached to the study.If the notepad icon is pale green, then a preliminary report has been added to the study.Indicates the read status. A study may have a large checkmark (the study has been read anddictated by a radiologist), a small checkmark (the study has been reviewed but not dictated, orit’s been read by a resident), both or neither.Searching for a StudySelect the Search buttonon the toolbar (next to the column headings).The Search dialog is displayed, with all fields clear. Click the Last Search button at the bottom of thedialog to populate criteria from the last search, or enter new criteria. For Patient Name, MRN,Accession Number, Referring Physician and Study Description, you can enter all or part of the dataand use the option buttons to the right to denote how that information should be matched. 2008 General Electric Company. All rights reserved.Page 4

Click the Search button. Results are displayed under the Search tab. Click the F5 button to refreshthe contents of the Search tab.Opening and Managing a Studynext to the study, or click anywhere in its row in the Study List. The PatientClick the view iconFolder for that study is launched.The top pane shows all studies for this patient; the most recent study is highlighted in blue and itsdata is shown in the bottom panes. The bottom left pane shows any reports that have beenattached to the highlighted study. The bottom right pane shows any key images that were createdfrom this study. Right/left scroll buttons at the top of each pane allow you to scroll to thenext/previous note or key image set. Click the Print button to print the contents of that pane.1. To see a complete study, select it in the top pane.2. Click the View Study button to load that study in Image Viewer. 2008 General Electric Company. All rights reserved.Page 5

Comparing Studies1. From the Patient Folder, click the Compare button.2. In the top pane, click two studies to compare. Their report data is displayed side-by-side inthe lower panes of the Patient Folder, and the Images button becomes active.3. To toggle between viewing key images and viewing interpretations, click the Images button.You can also compare studies from different patients, provided you have privileges to access thosestudies.1. From the study list, click the checkboxnext to the studies you want to compare, or selectonly one study and right-click to display a floating menu and select All Studies for SelectedMRN to display studies for that patient.2. Click the Compare buttonon the toolbar, or right-click anywhere and select CompareSelected Studies from the floating menu. The studies are loaded; the most recent studydisplays first.on the Image3. To select which two to display side-by-side, click the Compare buttonViewer toolbar.4. The Compare dialog displays; select which study displays on the left and which displays onthe right. Click the Display button to see those studies in Image Viewer.Forwarding to a Remote UserTo grant temporary access to a remote user, choose the desired study in the Patient Folder and thenclick the Refer button.Managing Studies in Image ViewerWhen you load a study in Image Viewer, typically each series in the study is displayed in a separatewindow. Increase the size of a window by clicking and dragging its corner. 2008 General Electric Company. All rights reserved.Page 6

1. To page through the images in a series, point the mouse to that series and click. Eachsuccessive click displays the next image in the “stack.” Or drag the left mouse button to scroll(down or up). You can also use the up/down arrow keys or the page up/page down keys.Centricity PACS-IW 3.6.2 provides many scrolling alternatives, including a hot key shortcut tothe middle of the stack and global stack, which positions the images of all series in a singlewindow to facilitate scrolling.2. To alter the brightness or contrast of an image, click the Windowing buttonin thetoolbar, and then drag the mouse left/right (for contrast) or up/down (for brightness). Hoverthe mouse over any toolbar button to see a tool tip, which displays the button’s function.Adding a Note or Report to a StudyThe preliminary report becomes the final report upon dictation of the study. You can add from thePatient Folder, as described above, or follow these steps:1. From Image Viewer, click the Notes buttonon the toolbar. If you are in the Study List,click the Note/Report iconnext to the desired study in the list.2. The Notes dialog is displayed. The header shows the patient's name and other identifyinginformation, as well as study data.3. Click the appropriate button to add information to the study, i.e., note, internal note(radiologists only) or preliminary report. The pane changes color to indicate the kind of noteyou are adding (gray for note, green for internal note, blue for report). 2008 General Electric Company. All rights reserved.Page 7

4. Enter the diagnostic data in the text pane. Click the Done button below the pane whencomplete.5. Click the Done button at the bottom of the dialog to exit, or select another button to add anew note/report. The Note/Report icon updates to a new color (yellow for a note, pale yellowfor internal note, pale green for a preliminary report, green after dictation) in the Study List.Exiting a StudyClick the Done buttonin the Image Viewer toolbar.ShortcutsZoom.Use middle mouse to pan while in Zoom modePan.Use middle mouse to zoom while in Pan modeWindowing.Middle mouse opens presetsDone .DKey Images .Use ctrl to pageExit.XFor 1.00 zoom.ShiftFlip .FRefresh Study List .F5Magnifying Glass.GJump to first image.HomeMirror.9Jump to last image .EndInsert Key Image .IPatient Folder .F1Key Image Page.KTriangulation.F2Labels.LCine.C 2008 General Electric Company. All rights reserved.Page 8

Measurements .MPage/Scroll.PRotate .0 (zero)Sharpen .SInvert .VWindow/Level mode.WZoom .ZFAQ—Frequently Asked QuestionsI can’t login!If your login fails, consider the following issues: Both the username and password are case sensitive. Check the Caps Lock key and try again. If the Study List does not appear after login, the ActiveX controls may be blocked. Look for apop-up information bar near the top of the browser (beneath the address line). Click this popup bar to install the proper controls. Refer to Logging in Over the Internet for moreinformation. If the pop-up bar does not appear, ActiveX may be blocked according to the default securitysettings. The Dynamic Imaging server must be added as a Trusted Site in the Securitysettings panel of the Internet Options dialog. Refer to Logging in Over the Internet for moreinformation. Your institution's licensing arrangement may allow only a limited number of users to log on atany one time. Wait and try again. If the previous issues do not present, the user may not have administrator rights on thecomputer. These are necessary to install the viewer. A user with administrator rights can logon to initiate installation of the necessary components. After an automatic update fromDynamic Imaging, a user with administrator rights must login again to initiate automaticinstallation of the updates.My PC has two monitors. Does Centricity PACS-IW support dual monitor configurations?Yes. The second monitor must be configured in a specific way so that images don’t straddle themonitor boundary. See the administrator or call support. Numbers are at the bottom of this page.I use a firewall. Can I still use my PC to access imaging studies?Yes. Centricity PACS-IW works successfully with the common software firewalls or commonhardware firewalls that come with a Cable/DSL router.If I use my User ID on one computer, can I then use it at another computer?Yes, but not simultaneously.I don’t like to see CT images in “stacks.” Can I see them as if they are on sheets of film?Yes. Click this buttonon the Image Viewer toolbar to activate Film View. You can also useGlobal Stack to see images from all series in one stack; configure it in the More Settings tab of theLayout Editor. 2008 General Electric Company. All rights reserved.Page 9

The image seems blurry.You are using lossy compression, indicated as such in the image: Lossy 1:192. Right-click on theimage, and select Request Full Image Quality.I'm not sure whether I changed the brightness or contrast, but the image is unrecognizable. How can Ifix it?Right-click the image, select Pre-Set Window and then Automatic, or hit the spacebar on thekeyboard. The image updates to the optimum windowing level.I'm used to seeing x-rays with lots of information displayed around the image. Can I see thatinformation?Yes. Click this buttonon the Image Viewer to populate the image with study information.If none of the above FAQs helps to rectify your particular issue, please call your local PACS help deskor the Dynamic Solutions Global Support Center at 1-888-303-PACS [7227], Select phone menuoption #1 for immediate assistance. 2008 General Electric Company. All rights reserved.Page 10

questions. For full information on all Centricity PACS-IW features, click the Help (question mark) button in the upper right corner of the main screen to access the online Help system. Before You Begin For best results, the following minimum system hardware requirements ar