Diagnostic Imaging

The diagnostic imaging initiatives supported by eHealth Ontario include regional DI repositories, ENITS and DI common service.

Picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) and DI repositories (DI-rs) are secure computer systems that contain patient radiology reports and images such as hospital-based CT scans, ultrasounds, MRIs, mammograms and x-rays. The implementation of these systems has eliminated the need for film and paper diagnostic images.

DI gives health care providers important information to make better decisions about a patient’s treatment. Authorized health care providers can share images and reports securely with other providers within their respective DI-rs. The diagnostic images and corresponding reports are stored in a regional repository from which they can be retrieved in digital format. This capability is reducing the need for patients to travel to see a specialist.

Support of diagnostic imaging initiatives is part of the agency’s overall strategy to improve patient care, safety and access. By putting in place a stable technical infrastructure, it guarantees that health care providers have access to vital clinical activity information systems when and where they need it. eHealth Ontario coordinates the four DI-r projects covering all hospitals in Ontario and provides funding support and the ONE® Network that gives providers access to the system.

Emergency neuro image transfer system (ENITS)

ENITS allows neuro specialists such as neurosurgeons, spinal surgeons, adult and paediatric intensivist neurologists at any one of Ontario's 13 neurosurgery centres to remotely examine scans and assess whether a patient with emergency neuro trauma needs to be transferred to another facility to receive acute care or needs immediate treatment, which can then be started right away. ENITS ensures that all Ontarians, regardless of geographic location, have access to a neuro specialist surgeon 24/7.

Diagnostic imaging (DI) common service

Diagnostic imaging (DI) common service will enable the sharing and viewing of patients’ diagnostic images and reports from across Ontario, to hospital and community-based health care providers anytime, anywhere.





Benefits

Patient Benefits

  • Eliminates unnecessary travel

  • Reduces wait times and lengths of stay thanks to faster exam reports and clinical decisions by physicians and specialists

  • Reduces duplicate and unnecessary exams

  • Reduces the need to physically transfer images or CDs to specialists

  • Eliminates unnecessary exposure to radiation

Clinician Benefits

  • Improves access to images and reports 24/7

  • Enables remote access to images for off-hours coverage

  • Enhances remote reporting capabilities

  • Allows real-time clinical collaboration, increasing access to a broader range of specialists