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1.  Creation and Storage of Standards-based Pre-scanning Patient Questionnaires in PACS as DICOM Objects 
Journal of Digital Imaging  2010;24(5):823-827.
Radiology departments around the country have completed the first evolution to digital imaging by becoming filmless. The next step in this evolution is to become truly paperless. Both patient and non-patient paperwork has to be eliminated in order for this transition to occur. A paper-based set of patient pre-scanning questionnaires were replaced with web-based forms for use in an outpatient imaging center. We discuss this process by which questionnaire elements are converted into SNOMED-CT terminology concepts, stored for future use, and sent to PACS in Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) format to be permanently stored with the relevant study in the DICOM image database.
PMCID: PMC3180552  PMID: 20976611
Paperless; Pseudo paperless; Filmless; SNOMED-CT; Data mining; Clinical workflow; Data collection
2.  Using Java to Generate Globally Unique Identifiers for DICOM Objects 
Digital imaging and communication in medicine (DICOM) specifies that all DICOM objects have globally unique identifiers (UIDs). Creating these UIDs can be a difficult task due to the variety of techniques in use and the requirement to ensure global uniqueness. We present a simple technique of combining a root organization identifier, assigned descriptive identifiers, and JAVA generated unique identifiers to construct DICOM compliant UIDs.
PMCID: PMC3043668  PMID: 17896137
Digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM); structured reporting; digital imaging
3.  Translating the IHE Teaching File and Clinical Trial Export (TCE) Profile Document Templates into Functional DICOM Structured Report Objects 
Journal of Digital Imaging  2007;21(4):390-407.
The Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Teaching File and Clinical Trial Export (TCE) integration profile describes a standard workflow for exporting key images from an image manager/archive to a teaching file, clinical trial, or electronic publication application. Two specific digital imaging and communication in medicine (DICOM) structured reports (SR) reference the key images and contain associated case information. This paper presents step-by-step instructions for translating the TCE document templates into functional and complete DICOM SR objects. Others will benefit from these instructions in developing TCE compliant applications.
PMCID: PMC3043848  PMID: 17805930
Digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM); integrating healthcare enterprise (IHE); extensible markup; language (XML); electronic teaching file; clinical trial; electronic; publishing
4.  Using Applet–Servlet Communication for Optimizing Window, Level and Crop for DICOM to JPEG Conversion 
Journal of Digital Imaging  2007;21(3):348-354.
In the creation of interesting radiological cases in a digital teaching file, it is necessary to adjust the window and level settings of an image to effectively display the educational focus. The web-based applet described in this paper presents an effective solution for real-time window and level adjustments without leaving the picture archiving and communications system workstation. Optimized images are created, as user-defined parameters are passed between the applet and a servlet on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant teaching file server.
PMCID: PMC3043843  PMID: 17534682
Electronic teaching file;  image manipulation; web technology

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