We routinely perform thorough studies on several of today’s top workstations and have discovered that they do not meet the rigorous standards required by PACS, various dictation systems and EMR-EHR applications commonly used within the current radiology environment.
Simply put, a standard workstation is not designed or built for efficient radiology use.
Our engineers work with international vendors to select the latest parts and performance tools. This enables us to develop workstations surpass what is currently available.
To some, the hard drive, while important, is just another element of a computer along with memory, processors and peripherals. But factually, hard drive health and performance affects every element of computer performance—simply because that’s where it all begins. For the computer to run at all, the hard drive must be accessed. Then anything you wish to do on that computer—from opening a study to booting up all of this involves hard drive access.
When opening a program, the Radiologist waits while these thousands of fragments are collected. When accessing data files for a PACS Server the Radiologist and the PACS program must wait in the exact same fashion. When system files are fragmented, every function gets slower and slower as fragmentation compounds.
This is why systems get slower throughout the day. At SMT we use M.2 drives. Our drives read at speeds in excess of 2400Mbps compared to the standard drives found in today’s workstations which read t 400Mbps. This is how we achieve faster throughput of data. System bottlenecks are immediately resolved when there are no hangups in your data traffic.
Memory or RAM is essentially the core of your computer. It can be considered just as important as your processor, or hard drive. With the right amount of RAM on your computer the performance of your PC and the ability to support various types of software is optimized.
The overall performance of your computer is determined by how well your CPU and RAM work together. The more RAM your CPU has access to, the easier its job becomes, which enables a faster computer.
This is why purchasing a system low in RAM will be an obvious hindrance to your Radiologist. Our systems start with 32GB of RAM running at today’s highest speeds. This maintains the use of the systems at a top performance level throughout the day.
Creating an image out of binary data is a demanding process. To make any complex images, the graphics card first creates a wire frame out of straight lines. Then, it rasterizes the image (fills in the remaining pixels). It also adds lighting, texture and color.
For complex imaging systems, the computer has to go through this process about sixty times per second. Without the proper graphics card to perform the necessary calculations, the workload would be too much for the computer to handle.
This is why we focus on GPU power. Radiologists perform hundreds of these specific requests on a daily basis. Each image has to be processed by that video card. Having inadequate video processing can create bottlenecks within the workstation causing the images to frame poorly. This appears as a system hang up all the while the CPU is actually attempting to assist with the millions of calculations.
This is what happens when a large study crashes a system. Just seconds to load an image can add up to hours of wasted manpower when you consider how may reads a radiologist performs in a one year period.
From ergonomics to dust particles we considered all potential issues with today’s workstations.
A computer’s core, its Central Processing Unit (CPU), naturally generates heat as it carries out algorithms, as does the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), which typically handles imaging to the displays. High graphical use can result in higher temperatures, especially as they often require GPUs to carry out complicated calculations Hard disk drives can also contribute to heat generation, especially when copying large imaging files.
At SMT we addressed this in several ways. We call out solution Quiet Cool.
Our PACStations are engineered with hydro-cooling capabilities for CPU and in some configurations GPU’s. This allows the system to perform at a steady pace throughout the day with little to no effects due to heat. By liquid cooling our systems we have achieves several improvements.
Our systems run cooler as well as much cleaner. Magnetic Levitated fans keep the air flow constant yet completely quiet. This is important to us because we understand the environment in which radiologists work. Reading room temperatures can easily be raised by an overheated system. The environment is also important. Our systems come with removable filtered panels that can be removed and washed to remove damaging and unhealthy dust particles.
At SMT, we always uphold the latest technology standards and only build on architecture that is at the forefront of the hardware spectrum. This means you are purchasing a system that’s not only on the cutting edge of computer technology, but also ahead of its computer time. When purchasing a system, make sure you aren’t years behind. Talk to us instead. We will show you how to be up to date with your radiology workstation hardware.
|Dell® Precision 7910||HP® Z850||Lenovo® Z850||SMT PACStation|
|Removeable Dust Filters||No||No||No||Yes|
|Mechanical Backlit Keyboard||No||No||No||Yes|
|Dual OS Redundancy||No||No||No||Yes|
Workstation vendors work using volume parts. This means outdated parts for the purchaser. Computer parts are constantly changing and evolving. When a vendor sets up a multi-year standard that does not allow for the evolving hardware, that lack of progress is transferred to the client making the purchase. This compares to purchasing a brand new car that is two years old and paying full retail price for it.
This equates to poor performance and a design that just does not fit in with the Radiology work model.
Our systems encompass the needs of the Radiologist by providing systems that come ready to use.