Posted Dec.15, 2015
By Bill Brennan, M.A., R.T.(R)(CT), CIIP
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all was quiet in Radiology,
Therapy, Nuc Med and even Info Technology.
In IR the catheters were hung up with care, while
In MR they were finishing a sequence with FLAIR.
The admins were home, sleepless in bed,
While cuts in reimbursement danced in their heads
My student with Merrill’s, and I in my apron,
Had just completed a study at our PACS workstation,
When from the file room there arose such a clatter,
I ran down the hall to see what was the matter.
When what to my watering eyes did appear,
But the PACS admin staring at his monitor with fear,
With fingers on the keyboard so lively and quick
Images flashed by with every mouse click.
“The system is crashing!” I heard him exclaim
As the complaints poured in, he called them by name:
“The ED! the OR! ICU! and Cardiology!
Neonatal, Outpatient and even Gastroenterology!
Although it seems the work list they see,
The studies aren’t there — oh, what can they be?”
Just then I saw as I was turning around
The chairman flew down the hall with a bound.
“Unless you can fix this, your job will be gone.”
I told him "Don’t worry," just to hang on.
The PACS guy said the network had a glitch
The chairman’s eye started to twitch.
The most recent studies are lost to cyberspace,
The patients are gone — they’re impossible to replace.
With a wink of my eye and a turn of my head,
I told them “Don’t worry;” they had nothing to dread.
I spoke not a word but turned with a jerk,
To each modality I ran and re-sent all the work.
Then back to the file room I went in a flash,
The chairman and PACS guy were going to clash.
The studies are there! Look again, have no fear.
I said to the chairman, “Go home, have a beer.
But how did you know this could be done?"
"A technologist I am — to me this is fun!”
With the portable I started to drive out of sight, and said,
"Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”