Inobitec DICOM Viewer

5.9. Markers

5.9.1 General

A marker is a point, line or polygonal line in space, associated with a model. The DICOM Viewer allows you to display the length of the marker line and the polygonal marker line and the angles of the polygonal marker line.

The following tools are used to add markers: Marker, Line marker and Polygonal Line marker. To select one of these tools, click on the arrow on the right side of the tool selection button. The button will look different depending on the selected tool:

Activate/deactivate the currently selected tool by clicking the left/right/middle mouse button. To continue work with this tool, use the button with which the tool was activated. To learn more about tool control, see Section 1.14.

The added markers are located in the displayed slice.

5.9.2 Add Markers

To add a marker as a point:

  1. Activate the Marker tool by clicking the PIC button on the toolbar.

  2. Mark a place on an image by clicking the left mouse button. The marker will appear in all three windows.

After adding all the markers, deactivate the Marker tool.

This tool is also available from the image context menu and from the MPR main menu item. Activation is only possible with the left mouse button.

5.9.3 Add Line Markers

To add a Line marker:

  1. Activate the Line marker tool by clicking on the PIC button on the toolbar. To continue work with this tool, use the button with which the tool was activated. To learn more about tool control, see Section 1.14.

  2. A marker line can be built in two ways:

    • Mark the first point by clicking the mouse button. Move the cursor over the screen to the second point of the marker line. To fix the current point, click the mouse button.

    • Click the mouse button at the first point of the marker line and move the cursor to the endpoint while holding the mouse button. To fix the endpoint, release the mouse button.

  3. To cancel an incomplete addition, press Esc.

After adding all the line markers, deactivate the Line marker tool.

This tool is also available from the image context menu and from the MPR main menu item. Activation is only possible with the left mouse button.

Length measurements made with marker lines are saved in a file project.

5.9.4 Poilygonal Marker line

To add a Poilygonal Marker line:

  1. Activate the Polygonal Line marker tool by clicking on the PIC button on the toolbar.

  2. Mark a point by clicking the mouse button.

  3. Repeat the previous steps until the last but one point is fixed.

  4. Fix the last point by double-clicking the mouse.

  5. To cancel an incomplete addition, press Esc.

After adding all the polygonal line markers, deactivate the Polygonal Line marker tool.

To continue the polygonal marker line, move the cursor to the end point of the line, right-click and select the Continue line item.

This tool is also available from the image context menu and from the MPR main menu item. Activation is only possible with the left mouse button.

The length and angle measurements made with polygonal marker lines are saved in the project file.

5.9.5 Actions with Markers

The following actions are available:

5.9.6 Marker Properties

You can set the following properties:

To set properties for previously added marker, locate the cursor over the marker, right-click and select the Set marker properties... item.

To set the default marker properties, click the arrow on the right side of the Marker button and select one of the Set Default Marker Properties..., Set default marker line properties... or Set default marker polygonal line properties... items.

5.9.7 Position of Markers in Space

If the marker is in or near the current slice, it is displayed as a circle; otherwise, it is displayed as a ring with a dot in the center. The further the marker slice is from the current slice, the darker the marker is.

You can determine how the marker line is located relative to the plane of the current image, judging by the color of the marker line. The line (or its part) located in front of the plane is brighter than the line (or its part) behind the plane. In Fig. 5.16, the bottom part of the line is located behind the image.