Medical imaging has been used for decades as a key diagnostic aid. Over the past years many imaging modalities, such as X-ray, ultrasound, MRI, and CT scanners, have made great technological advancements to produce higher resolution images, moving from standard flat imaging (2D) to multi-dimensional imaging (3D-5D). These images provide a clearer end result, enabling clinicians to diagnose and develop treatment plans for patients faster, to improve patient health and recovery rates.

These advancements have a great effect on imaging storage volume, not only with regard to image sizes (for example, a 3D mammography image is about 20 times larger than its 2D predecessor), but as radiologists discover the benefits of these new scanners, they begin to order larger studies.

Even for hospitals that plan for picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) and carefully project their storage needs, these advanced imaging technologies may lead to significant, and unexpected, increases in storage requirements.

Many legacy file systems that support the management and storage of these images are being stretched beyond user expectations, thus new strategies are needed to help hospitals and medical research facilities manage this ever-growing data deluge.

Qumulo’s hybrid file software provides an enterprise-proven storage solution that addresses the data and management challenges today’s healthcare organizations are facing. Qumulo’s file system provides built-in real-time analytics to help IT teams more proactively manage imaging data growth. Its modular software-defined architecture enables healthcare organizations to effortlessly scale on-prem or to the cloud in order to support larger capacities, while providing ultra-fast, reliable data access to clinicians.

Qumulo’s built-in analytics provide hospital IT administrators with a window into the entire storage system, enabling them to see exactly how new modalities are impacting capacity growth. With this visibility , healthcare organizations can proactively manage capacity trends to better project future storage requirements with ease.

As we have discussed, as organizations add new modalities, data capacities can grow very rapidly, so the ability to scale simply and easily, without fork-lift upgrades or downtime, is a must. Maintaining business continuity is critical. As file data capacities grow, healthcare organizations need a hybrid file system that will allow them to confidently leverage the next generation of imaging innovations, as well as efficiently support both small and large files, improve efficiencies, and reduce costs, both now and as in the future, with on-prem or cloud environments.

Find out more: Download our latest technical insights whitepaper from the Evaluator Group entitled “Addressing Healthcare Information Storage Challenges.”

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