A VNA Does Not Require Interfaces to Be Changed
The VNA has plugins that allow different applications and vendors to be connected. There should not be a need to custom-develop interfaces to various vendors. However, some vendors have peculiar implementations that might require specific information in the DICOM headers to make their workflow function optimally.
An example would be the definition of specific study or series description to match the prefetching of corresponding studies and selection of specified hanging protocols. In the absence of a true vendor neutral interface at the PACS, middleware might be needed to mitigate a vendor’s idiosyncrasies.
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