Cary Medical Center’s picture archiving and communication system (PACS) is a computer network dedicated to the storage, retrieval, and distribution of images generated by diagnostic tests, such as ultrasounds, mammograms, MRIs, CT scans, and x-rays. This technology makes it possible for healthcare providers to electronically view and interpret radiology images. This is especially useful when patients require evaluation or care by providers not located at the hospital. Additionally, because PACS turns information into electronic files, it replaces hard-copies of medical images, such as x-ray films. This significantly reduces the need for storage space, makes retrieval of images much easier, and improves the ability to protect and save patients’ imaging records.