Someone hustles into the conference room and you're distracted from looking at them because the surgeon says, "Just had a walk in to the clinic and we're adding them on to the list." They present the patient, and as the attending is finishing, a resident walks up to you and THROWS A MASSIVE FILM JACKET
DOWN ON YOUR DESK.
Unitized Film (M): Microfilm mounted in some "unit" fashion; usually film mounted in a film jacket
, aperture card, or film card--frames of microfilm instead of an entire role.
Some departments with an RIS still print and distribute multiple paper copies of exam reports, such as a copy for the film jacket
, one for medical records and one for the referring physician.
Available in 2 sizes, the 14 x 36-inch (35.6 x 91.4-cm) and 14 x 51-inch (35.6 x 129.6-cm) dry film is daylight-safe and folds to fit in a standard film jacket
As a resident, fellow, and junior faculty member, I was content to sit at the view boxes, put up my films, dictate into a tape recorder, and place the films back in the patient's film jacket
; possibly the correct jacket.
These systems eliminate the requirement of photo processing supplies, films, film jackets
, and dark room, which in turn helps in lowering the cost of diagnosis.
We've reduced FTEs that used to courier films and file film jackets
. Our supply costs for film and processor materials have virtually been eliminated.
We no longer need to go to the file room to retrieve film jackets
. We also still tend to spend a lot of time sitting in the dark.
In any given month, we had 16,000 film jackets
in use and in transit.