Free Courses Syllabus

PACS Training - Syllabus for Free Course Modules

The following course modules are provided to you free of charge courtesy of PACS Boot Camp.

These modules are designed to help beginners understand topics essential for an imaging informatics professional to function successfully. The courses will be updated over time, with new modules being added periodically.

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IT Basics 101

Audience: The intended audience for the following IT Basics modules are medical professionals (nurses, technologists, therapists, doctors) that seek IT analyst/consultant/administrative roles in a healthcare setting.

  • Hardware and software components
  • Hardware components
    • Video card
    • CPU, GPU
    • Memory
    • Hard drive
    • Network Interface card
    • Motherboard connectivity (PCI, USB, SCSI, AGP)
    • Removable media hardware (CD, DVD, MOD, flash)
    • Keyboards
  • Disaster Recovery Plans and Business Continuity Strategies
    • System Problem management
      • Reporting procedures
      • Automated monitoring
      • Alerting
      • SNMP
      • Data and system recovery
      • Off site archiving
      • Hardware and software solutions
      • Applications Service Provider
  • Network Architecture
    • Network Protocols (Ethernet, Wireless, Bluetooth, TCP/IP)
    • Transmission Protocols (FTP, HTTP, SSH, SFTP)
    • Load balancing, fault tolerance, redundancy 
    • Network components and hardware (hub, switch, routers, gateway, trunks, cat5, cat6)
    • Network Configuration (IP address, LAN, WAN, VLAN, DNS)
    • Network metrics (capacity, bandwidth, performance, cost)
    • Network Classification
  • Data Retrieval
    • Structured Query Language
    • Data analytics and data mining
    • Key performance indicators
    • Database design, management and maintenance
      • Relational db vs hierarchical db
      • Basic principles
        • Keys, normalization, table joining, performance
  • IT Standards
    • Data structures (XML, JSON)
    • File systems (CIFS, NFS)
  • Obsolescence Planning
    • Technology lifecycle
    • Moore’s Law
  • Security
    • Security strategies
      • Physical
      • System
      • Application
      • Encryption
  • Storage and Archive Technology and Architecture
    • Architectures (ex. NAS, SAN, DAS)
    • Storage network protocols (ex. SCI, fibre channel, ATA/SATA)
    • Virtual architecture
      • Citrix
      • VMware
    • Server architecture 
  • Authentication mechanisms
    • Active Directory
    • Kerberos
    • Two factor authentication
  • Archive strategies
    • Online
    • Nearline
    • Data throughput
    • Methods for storage management (virtualization, replication, mirroring)
    • Storage metrics

Medical Basics 101

Audience: The intended audience for the Medical Basics content below are IT professionals that seek analyst/consultant/administrative roles in a medical setting such as a hospital, or medical service vendor.

  • Medical services
    • Diagnostic Imaging
    • Therapy
    • Surgery
    • Cancer care
    • ER
    • Urgent care
  • Health Information Systems
    • HIS
    • EMR/EHR
    • RIS
    • Scheduling

DICOM Basics 101

Audience: The intended audience for the following DICOM Basics modules are both medical and IT professionals. Or anyone seeking a career in Imaging Informatics. Some modules detail more advanced concepts that are useful for current Imaging professionals.

  • Medical Image Hierarchy
    • Patient Level
    • Study Level
    • Series Level
    • Instance Level
  • HL7 vs DICOM
    • ORMs
    • ORUs
  • DICOM Configuration Parameters
    • AET, IP, Port
    • SCP/SCU
    • Configuring your devices
    • Calling AET, Called AET
  • DICOM Modality Worklist
    • Benefits of MWL
    • Patient Orders Workflow
    • Creating MWL
    • Populating MWL
    • Terms related to MWL
  • DICOM Services
    • Types of DICOM Services
    • Benefits of DICOM Services
  • DICOM SOP Classes
    • IOD and DIMSE
    • SOP Class UIDs
    • SOP Classes without Pixel Data
    • PR, SR, KO
  • DICOM Operations
    • DIMSE-N vs DIMSE-C
    • Find, Move, Store, Get, Echo
    • Operations in the Workflow
  • DICOM Transfer Syntax
    • Encoding
    • Types of Transfer Syntaxes and UIDs
    • Association Negotiation
    • Abstract Syntax
    • Presentation Context
  • DICOM Validation
    • Validation Steps
    • How to Fix Errors
    • Real World Scenarios
    • Benefits of DICOM Validation

How to Become a PACS Analyst

Step by Step Guide on what to learn and how to enter the field of Imaging Informatics