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A User Configurable PACS Solution

NovaPACS’ revolutionary workflow infrastructure has been designed and developed using the expertise of radiology directors, technicians, PACS (medical abbreviation for Picture Archiving and Communication System) administrators for over 20 years. Built as a completely scalable solution, NovaPACS can be used in imaging centers, or in a hospital environment as a part of a complete enterprise imaging strategy. Our feature-rich PACS system is entirely user-configurable.

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Easy To Use, Easy To Access

With NovaPACS, patient studies can be viewed from any computer at any of our facilities or from a referring physician’s office. NovaPACS also allows the radiologists to read studies performed at any of our facilities, from any of our facilities, making radiology workflow much more efficient and greatly reducing turnaround time for report dictation. NovaPACS is radiology workflow, improved.”

-Susan Huber, PACS Administrator

Cloud Based

Novarad has operated as a time-tested cloud solution ever since networks were capable of transporting time-sensitive medical images. We offer diverse operating models that include both on-site and off-site storage models. In fact, most of our customers are using a hybrid approach that combines cloud, hosted and on-premise storage. This hybrid approach is the number one preferred option for data storage among Novarad users, easing the burden to facilities yet maintaining full security and cost containment. As needs grow, we can scale up to meet customer needs without limitations on storage capacity


In the past year, Novarad engineers have added over 100 customer-requested features to our product. We have built our systems on the belief that the product should fit the workflow, not the workflow fit the product.

Disaster Recovery

Novarad was the first company to develop an archiving system that includes two copies of all images for seven years, both onsite and online with a secure, real-time copy to the cloud.
The seamless integration between Nova RIS™ and NovaPACS helps to improve overall efficiency throughout the enterprise.

Product Improvement

We are constantly improving our product to reflect both the latest technology and the demands of patients. During the past year we spent over 74,000 hours adding more than 100 customer requested features. For example, the newly developed Radius™ Menu which puts hundreds of powerful and unique features just a mouse click away, helping you breeze through studies.

Evergreen Product Program

We insist on providing our customers with the latest technology. Our Evergreen product program provides you with upgrades, feature enhancements, and the newest software and hardware at no additional cost to you, for the life of your contract.


We know your time is valuable. That’s why over 99% of our support requests are addressed within five minutes of calling Novarad. We also allow you to open cases via phone, email, web, or social media. 24/7/365 tech support is standard for the life of the contract.

Work The Way You Want To Work

A radiologist’s workflow can be as unique as their practice. At Novarad, we have developed our software with millions of possible workflow combinations to cater to even the most unique of workflows. With role-based feature sets and preferences, each user at your facility has easy access to the tools they need to keep your department moving. In addition to this, NovaPACS features a feature-rich, completely web-based viewer with reading, dictating and reporting tools.

User-Defined Workflow

NovaPACS is built with the user in mind. The customizable PACS workflow is designed to fit your facility’s needs. By including various tool sets and modules, Novarad’s PACS solution improves patient care and allows you to develop best practices that reduce wasted time and effort.

Your workflow is unique, so we let you build it.

  • Custom-built workflows
  • Role-based feature sets and preferences
  • Web-based reading, dictating, and reporting
  • Full feature set and capabilities available via the web
  • Built-in advanced features and analysis tools
    • Virtual Colonoscopy
    • Vessel Metric
    • MPR/MIP
  • View images anywhere, anytime regardless of PACS server location
    • HTML5 Web Viewer
    • MobileRad™ iPad Image and Report Viewer
    • Diagnostic Viewer with One-Click Web Access


What is PACS system in radiology?

The Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) is a medical imaging software implemented in a radiology department that is used to replace x-ray film with digital images is considered to be a major evolutionary step in the practice of radiology. As any radiologist can attest, when images are not readily available to referring physicians, it is inevitable that decision-making with regard to patient care will be delayed. A robust PACS system can resolve the most critical problems associated with film, particularly the fact that film is only available in one place at a time.

Once equipped with a PACS system, individual medical facilities and networks of facilities within a medical enterprise can not only view images from various workstations within the network, they can also view images and the associated reports at the same time. However, not all PACS are created equal. Visualization, reporting, data management, scalability, and user-interface customization must all be accounted for to create a balanced, user-friendly experience. Novarad’s NovaPACS accomplishes just that.

How do PACS systems work?

As a rule, each radiology PACS has four main parts:
A modality or set of modalities, such as an x-ray, CT or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device, where the medical images are created.
An archival system, which stores images as well as associated documents.
The workstations and devices medical professionals use to access, view, and interpret the stored images
A network that allows each patient’s information and images to be shared among workstations
Often, in addition to a radiology PACS, a clinic or hospital will also deploy a radiology information system or RIS. While the PACS is more geared toward image storage and sharing, the RIS will help medical workers to schedule patients’ radiology appointments and record their medical history.

How were PACS developed?

When x-rays and x-ray technology were discovered by Wilhelm Rontgen in 1895, medical professionals realized that there was a lot of information to be gleaned from a look inside their patients’ bodies. Over time, the field of medical imaging grew and new imaging techniques such as angiograms, ultrasounds, MRIs, and more were discovered and developed. Until the 1970’s all of these images were produced on physical film, which the doctor then viewed before making a diagnosis. When digital imaging was developed in the 1960’s and 1970’s everything changed.
Over time, medical diagnostic imaging has transitioned from having physical copies to being stored in a digital format, simplifying storage and access. As more and more diagnostic images were converted to digital, huge amounts of physical storage space were suddenly no longer necessary to keep patient images available for reference. Rather than keeping individual scans and images, it was now possible to keep digital storage media.
The next step forward in digital medical imaging occurred when these systems became widely available. Instead of medical professionals having to dig through boxes or shelves filled with digital media and pull a study up on a workstation, PACS allowed them to simply pull up a patient’s images, both past, and present, directly to a workstation via the network. This not only made storage even more efficient, it simplified the task of comparing each patient’s current scans with previous images, allowing healthcare workers to track changes in the patient’s health more efficiently and accurately.
One concern to keep in mind in regards to PACS is its ability to communicate with the other electronic systems with which it will need to integrate. In an environment such as a hospital, there are often several different archiving solutions, each focusing on a different department. Because these different systems often grow separately from each other, it is not necessarily a given that they will be able to communicate. This significantly complicates the process of accessing and analyzing each patient’s health, as the information needs to be gathered from several different locations. In a situation like this, healthcare providers might decide to implement a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA), which essentially provides an archiving platform with which all of the other PACS systems can communicate, consolidating all of their data into a central location.

What are the key benefits of NovaPACS?

NovaPACS was built for speed and efficiency and is completely customizable. Architected by a practicing radiologist, our technology allows you to quickly navigate studies with a completely mouse-driven viewer.
As medical imaging expanded from film to what is now the standard PACS, Novarad pioneered the technology and business model which expanded the related cost-saving to digital radiology storage to all facilities by enabling all types of healthcare providers to acquire our solution by moving the purchase from a capital to an operational model. As the industry transitions from using PACS as the main storage archive to the more centralized vendor neutral storage archive, Novarad continues to focus on continually improving radiology workflows. With the market shifting to value-based care, Novarad is committed to creating a PACS that enables radiology administrators and radiologists to work quickly and efficiently, leading to higher quality healthcare and healthier patients.
NovaPACS, when coupled with the Ncompass Universal Archive™, a leading Vendor Neutral Archive solution, will help facilities to keep images and patient data grouped and sorted in a patient-centric manner. It then acts as a workflow module, retrieving and displaying archived studies in a robust PACS viewer while allowing clinicians across the continuum of care to access and display non-DICOM patient information in a patient-centric view. This allows clinicians to use several different criteria, such as date, patient date of birth, or patient name, in order to find the correct images for the patient they are treating.
As technological advances drive the healthcare industry forward, a diagnostic PACS system will remain at the forefront of the radiology workflow. Novarad is committed to developing technology that addresses the needs of both healthcare providers and administrators.

What is a RIS-PACS system?

A Radiology Information System (RIS system) and Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS system) are two separate software systems that are typically sold together. Both systems are required to ensure efficiency in a radiology department, with the RIS allowing for patient scheduling, billing, and workflows, and the PACS allowing access to patient images to view, interpret and store them properly and securely. Seamless integration between both systems is necessary for patient images and patient records to be accessed quickly and easily.

How much does a PACS system cost?

A PACS system could cost as little as $2,000 if the facility is not doing many studies and already has the infrastructure, while a larger facility or hospital would require more storage and access and that system could cost over $100,000.

Novarad provides a unique Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) model that helps control these costs. You pay only for the services and storage you use, as well as the benefit of our Evergreen Software Program which provides you with upgrades, feature enhancements, and the newest software and  (if part of your agreement, hardware) at no additional cost for the life of the product.

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