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Import, modification and export of images between different picture archiving and communication systems
keywords clinical domains
Open Source, interoperability, DICOM, Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine, PACS, image management and communication, image processing software, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (Imaging)
developed by IFTM - Institut für Telematik in der Medizin GmbH, Germany
released
status Available for download and use under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
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description

DICOM router is a "configurable framework [designed to] receive, modify, and export images in different picture archiving and communication system scenarios".

The Open Source Java toolbox is designed to
  • perform "automatic correction of DICOM objects from non-IHE-conforming modalities
  • "import ... DICOM CD-ROMs into a picture archiving and communication system
  • [perform] pseudo naming of DICOM images."
DICOM router is made up of three main components:
  1. "a receiver to receive DICOM objects
  2. "a processing pipeline to correct each object
  3. "one or more senders to forward each corrected object to predefined addressees."
  4. Hackländer et al, 2005
references

Hackländer T, Kleber K, Martin J, Mertens H. DICOM router: an open source toolbox for communication and correction of DICOM objects. Acad Radiol. 2005 Mar;12(3):385-92.

[PubMed]   []

" RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVE: Today, the exchange of medical images and clinical information is well defined by the digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) and Health Level Seven (ie, HL7) standards. The interoperability among information systems is specified by the integration profiles of IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise). However, older imaging modalities frequently do not correctly support these interfaces and integration profiles, and some use cases are not yet specified by IHE. Therefore, corrections of DICOM objects are necessary to establish conformity. The aim of this project was to develop a toolbox that can automatically perform these recurrent corrections of the DICOM objects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The toolbox is composed of three main components: 1) a receiver to receive DICOM objects, 2) a processing pipeline to correct each object, and 3) one or more senders to forward each corrected object to predefined addressees. The toolbox is implemented under Java as an open source project. The processing pipeline is realized by means of plug ins. One of the plug ins can be programmed by the user via an external eXtensible Stylesheet Language (ie, XSL) file. Using this plug in, DICOM objects can also be converted into eXtensible Markup Language (ie, XML) documents or other data formats. DICOM storage services, DICOM CD-ROMs, and the local file system are defined as input and output channel. RESULTS: The toolbox is used clinically for different application areas. These are the automatic correction of DICOM objects from non-IHE-conforming modalities, the import of DICOM CD-ROMs into the picture archiving and communication system and the pseudo naming of DICOM images. CONCLUSION: The toolbox has been accepted by users in a clinical setting. Because of the open programming interfaces, the functionality can easily be adapted to future applications. "

Hacklander T, Martin J, Kleber K. Informatics in radiology (infoRAD): an open source framework for modification and communication of DICOM objects. Radiographics. 2005 Nov-Dec;25(6):1709-21.

[PubMed]   []

" A configurable framework has been developed that can receive, modify, and export images in different picture archiving and communication system scenarios. The framework has three main components: a receiver for Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) objects, a processing pipeline to apply one or more modifications to these objects, and one or more senders to send the processed objects to predefined addresses. The toolbox programming was implemented as an open source project in Java. The processing pipeline uses the concept of configurable plug-ins. One plug-in is user programmable by means of extensible stylesheet language files and allows conversion of DICOM objects to extensible markup language documents or other file types. Input and output channels are the DICOM Storage service, DICOM compact disks-read-only memory (CD-ROMs), and the local file system. The toolbox has been successfully applied to different clinical scenarios, including the correction of DICOM objects from non-Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) conform modalities, pseudonaming of DICOM images, and use of the IHE Portable Data for Imaging profile with import and export of CD-ROMs. The toolbox has proved reliability in the clinical routine. Because of the open programming interfaces, the functionality can easily be adapted to future applications. "

contact IFTM - Institut für Telematik in der Medizin GmbH
Höhscheider Weg 13
42699 Solingen
Germany

T: +49 - 212 - 3 80 18 03 E: infoatiftm.de
links  bullet  DICOM router (information and user manual on IFTM)  bullet  DICOM router (download on SourceForge)
acknowledgements
 
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Entry on OpenClinical: 21 September 2006
Last main update: 21 September 2006

 

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