CIRALE, France

CIRALE now successfully manages its equine patients with a custom-made RIS - exclusively for horses - developed by IMAGE Information Systems.

CIRALE (Center of Imaging and Research in Equine Locomotor Affections) is a unit of the National Veterinary School of Alfort dedicated to the diagnostic imaging of the equine locomotor system, owned by the Region Basse-Normandie. The center offers state-of-the-art equipment including treadmill, telemetry system, videoendoscopy, pulmonary function test (IOS), high-definition and tissue Doppler ultrasonography, in-house laboratory, thermography, digital radiography as well as MRI and nuclear scintigraphy.

CIRALE now successfully manages its equine patients with a custom-made RIS exclusively for horses - “CIRAL-IS” (IMAGE’S VET-RIS EQUINE) - which IMAGE Information Systems (IIS) has developed and our local distributor IDR (Image Dynamique Radiologique) has installed. For superior diagnostics, they are using two PRO Series IMAGE DISPLAYS - the first medical displays worldwide with a full 12bit image transfer. Prof. Fabrice Audigié from the center gives an insight on the developments that have positively affected the staff’s day-to-day activities:

“The choice of our future RIS-PACS system has been an intricate task. After seeing several human systems, we decided to work with IMAGE Information System (IIS). Our discussion with Arpad Bischof, MD IIS, and their wish to develop a specific veterinary RIS have convinced us to begin this adventure with IIS. The new developments are conducted through a strong collaboration between IIS, IDR and the CIRALE.

The RIS-PACS system was installed in June 2009. In less than 2 months, the RIS has been modified to include specific fields for equine patients such as owner and trainer information, horse activities, species etc. Reports have also been completely rethought to be more efficient for veterinary activities. Improvements have also been made to distinguish reports sent to owner or trainer and those sent to referring veterinarians. For the PACS, collaboration has also begun to implement iQ-VIEW with new veterinary image post-processing tools.

Further developments are in progress such as the creation of research tools in the RIS database for evaluating annual activities and for research purposes. The opening of images and examination reports through internet for the owners and referring veterinarians with maintaining a strict respect of confidentiality represents also one of our future objectives. All these changes are very exciting for us because they improve the data workflow and consequently our daily activities in terms of clinical services, teaching and research activities.”

Arpad Bischof sums up the adventure: “Together with CIRALE we have created a unique solution that delivers supreme performance in quality and quantity of equine image diagnostics using cutting-edge technologies.”