Relevant Priors

The Unifier Enterprise Imaging platform is a best-in-class device that facilitates the connection of information repositories via a DICOM/HL7/Scripting toolkit that can be administered remotely using a standard web browser. Studies, reports, orders, or any other patient data anywhere in the Enterprise are pulled and pushed automatically based upon a set of user-defined criteria. Unifier then communicates between the various vendor RIS, HIS, EHR and PACS/MIMPS to retrieve and send the studies.

​Prefetch from Dicom Systems enables radiologists to have both relevant priors and current studies routed to their workstations. Each doctor can set several individual parameters like date range, modality and body part. Once a new order is assigned to a radiologist, either manually or by the Prefetch Assignment Engine, that doctor’s ‘Priors’ Preferences’ are used to create a Query/Retrieve message.

Prefetch Relevant Priors Process

The process makes quality care efficient:

  1. Prefetch uses radiologist’s preferences and issues Query/Retrieve message to Unifier
  2. Unifier gets studies from multiple remote PACS/MIMPS and complies the list of necessary studies
  3. Unifier forwards studies to the central PACS/MIMPS
  4. Clinical teams can open the prior studies along with any prior reports at the time the new study arrives


This option, coupled with Prefetch’s ability to combine persons from multiple facilities under one Enterprise Patient ID, enables superior care. Physicians are now able to see all prior image sets/reports, regardless of how many sites the patient has been imaged. Utilizing DICOM 3.0 standard TLS encryption and Unifier’s router compression algorithms significantly improve delivery time.

“In the emergency setting, speed is essential and Dicom Systems helps us deliver results at much higher speeds with near-zero downtimes.”

Gautam Agrawal
Vision Radiology

“Without Dicom Systems, we would need an army of vendor support and analysts.”

Trevor Walker
Principal Systems Analyst at Stanford Health Care

“The Unifier platform has enabled SCPMG to easily manage a large number of DICOM routers. We can maximize functionality and update the business logic of over 2,500 modalities in our network.”

Bruce W. Hoel
Imaging Solutions Architect at SCPMG