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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.4

Preview Treatment Planning Software
Preview Treatment Planning Software Technology

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Description: The M2S Preview Treatment Planning Software is a system for viewing patient-specific data on a personal computer (PC). Raw scan data is extracted from computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or other sources, and rendered by Preview into a three-dimensional (3D) format.

The M2S DicomArmorCar system transfers Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM)-compliant data from a healthcare center, scanning facility, or a physician`s office to M2S for processing. M2S uses these DICOM files to create patient-specific 3D packages (PAR), which are then provided back to the customer. The Patient Evaluation and Management System (PEMS) is an M2S-hosted web-based portal where physicians and others can place orders, monitor orders, view results, and download PARs. This system is not required for Preview to operate if Preview Compact Discs (CDs) are delivered containing the patient-specific component.

Preview is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Class 2 medical device. Since Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Protected Health Information (PHI) are contained separately in the PAR and stored separately from the viewer, only those with access to the PAR will have access to the patient information. File access is regulated at each user`s site.

According to the vendor, data is stored separately on a file system of the user`s choosing or on CDs stored by the user. Since the data is on the user`s system, there is no need for encryption. Preview studies can be exported, transported, and imported in `PAR` files. `PAR` files contain patient data that can only be opened through Preview.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v23.3
Decision Date: 03/27/2023 at 15:43:24 UTC
Aliases: Preview
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Astute Imaging,
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (03/27/2023 at 15:43:24 UTC).