Our Top Picks

Carestream
Carestream Vue PACS
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Online
  • Integrations

Carestream Vue PACS provides radiologists with a reliable software solution that efficiently stores and secures images and related reports. This program can be integrated with EHR and patient management software to ensure data is stored with the correct patient files. This digital imaging program includes functionalities such as work lists, diagnosis, and reporting to ensure clinicians can operate at peak efficiency.

Carestream Vue PACS can provide a custom quote for new users that's based on the number of uses and their practice's specific needs. A free demo is available.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Built-in reporting
  • Cloud deployment means users can access from anywhere

Cons

  • Support is only available online
  • Doesn't offer comparison view

Summary

Carestream
Carestream Vue PACS
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    Online
  • Data Compression
    no
  • Image Management
    no
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Online
  • Integrations
ERAD
eRAD PACS Evolution
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours
  • Comparison view

eRAD PACS Evolution has been designed to provide a consistent workspace for radiologists as well as referring physicians. Its user-friendly viewer makes it easy to compare images side-by-side, and digital mammography tools allow diagnosing practitioners to zoom, create mirrored images, and pan with ease. Built-in speech recognition tools allow users to easily access the images they need while working hands-free.

eRAD PACS Evolution can provide a free demo for new users. While pricing isn't readily available, custom quotes are available upon request.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Side-by-side image comparison view
  • Integrates with other programs

Cons

  • Support is only available during business hours

Summary

ERAD
eRAD PACS Evolution
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
  • Data Compression
    no
  • Image Management
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours
  • Comparison view
ProtonPACS
ProtonPACS
  • Deployment: Windows, Mac, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours
  • Patient portal

ProtonPACS features fully hosted image storage and data compression for radiologists, imaging centers, hospitals, and other specialty clinics. This solution can be easily implemented with a variety of other programs to ensure cohesive patient records management. This comprehensive system comes with all necessary hardware to carry out imaging tasks, and secure data storage ensures patient data is protected.

While the price of ProtonPACS varies depending on the needs of each client, a free demo is available to new users to determine whether this program suits their needs.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Comparison view
  • HL7 support

Cons

  • Pricing isn't transparent

Summary

ProtonPACS
ProtonPACS
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
  • Data Compression
    yes
  • Image Management
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Windows, Mac, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours
  • Patient portal
Studycast
Studycast
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Integrations

Studycast is a comprehensive cloud-based solution for radiologists, orthopedists, and physicians. While the program integrates with other electronic health records software, it includes all the necessary functionalities to help practitioners create requisitions, manage patient records, and store and compress image data in a single place. The viewer allows for synced quad viewing, measurements, calculations, and playback.

Studycast offers new users the opportunity to register for a free demo and provides custom quotes tailored to each client's needs.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Built-in reporting
  • New users can request a free demo

Cons

  • No patient portal

Summary

Studycast
Studycast
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Data Compression
    yes
  • Image Management
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Integrations
Vidistar
VidiStar PACS
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), phone during business hours, online
  • HL7 support

VidiStar PACS is a combined hardware and software system by Hitachi that provides its users with reliable, secure digital imaging. The platform features multi-modality viewing as well as seamless integration with other software programs to help practitioners efficiently manage patient data. Reporting and analytics functionality helps practices ensure they're using their system in the most productive way possible. Additionally, a referring physician portal allows the patient's physician to log in remotely and view test results and images.

VidiStar PACS provides new users with a custom quote upon request. This quote is based upon users' needs as well as the number of practitioners that will be accessing the program. A free demo can be scheduled as well.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Broad range of deployment options
  • 24/7 support
  • Integration and reporting capabilities

Cons

  • No comparison view
  • No patient portal

Summary

Vidistar
VidiStar PACS
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Data Compression
    no
  • Image Management
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), phone during business hours, online
  • HL7 support

How We Chose the Best PACS Software

There are several options for PACS (picture archiving and communication system) software available on the market, and for many hospitals and radiology clinics, it can be difficult to determine the best choice. To help, we've determined the best PACS programs of 2021 based on the following considerations.

PACS Features

The specific features available in PACS software are important. As such, we've looked to include programs with features that contribute to image storage space and enhance radiologists' productivity, such as data compression, comparison view, and HL7 support. 

Integrations

Integrations are a crucial part of PACS software. They ensure other clinical programs, as well as information systems that store patient data and other pertinent details, can connect to stored images. This ensures that images aren't accidentally connected to the wrong patient.

Reports

In the medical world, reporting is an important feature of any software program. It helps radiology practices ensure they're efficiently using their software and managing related processes and can provide insights into how to better manage their patient data.