PACS Definition
Picture Archiving and Communication Systems. A PACS offers: (a) picture viewing at diagnostic, reporting, consultation and remote workstations, (b) archiving on magnetic or optical media using short or long-term storage devices, (c) communications using local or wide area networks or public communications services, and (d) systems that include modality interfaces and gateways to healthcare facility and departmental information systems offering one integrated system to the user.