Digital imaging speeds treatment in England

Film-based X-rays are quickly disappearing in England, as its health care facilities switch to a digital system that can send images of broken bones and fractured ribs over a network instantly to different clinics.

The system, known as the Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS), is working in half of the clinics in England, the National Health Service (NHS) said Monday.

PACS has been a noted success of the NHS’ 10-year plan to modernize its IT system, a project marred by criticism over its price tag and procurement problems.

The NHS will invest more than