Inobitec DICOM Viewer

16.3. Print Images on Film

16.2.1 Preview

The Preview windows are intended to control the printing and final editing of the print list. The Preview window is used to view printing on paper and save images to a pdf file, the DICOM preview is used for printing on film. To open the target window, select the File menu and the Preview item or the DICOM preview item. The settings made in one window do not affect the settings in the other one except deleting images. The print list is common for both windows, hence, the images deleted in one of the windows are deleted from the print list, and they disappear in the other window.

The DICOM preview tab is shown in Fig. 16.1.



The toolbar is located at the top (Fig. 16.2), and the bottom part shows what the printed images will look like (preview page).



The toolbar contains the following elements:

PIC The Update button refreshes the preview page after the print list has been changed
PIC The Fit width button adjusts the preview page size to the screen width
PIC The Fit page button adjusts the preview page size to the tab size
PIC The Page scale field. The scale is entered from the keyboard manually or selected from the dropdown menu. To open the dropdown menu, click on the arrow PIC on the right side of the panel
PIC The Zoom in button zooms in the page. The current scale is displayed in the Page scale field
PIC The Zoom out button zooms out the page. The current scale is displayed in the Page scale field
PIC The Portrait button sets the portrait layout for the page
PIC The Landscape button sets the landscape layout for the page
PIC The First page button is used to jump to the first page if the images do not fit into a single page
PIC The Previous page button is used to jump to the previous page if the images do not fit into a single page
PIC Page input field. It shows the current page and the total number of pages. To go to the page you need, print its number and press the Enter key on the keyboard
PIC The Next page button is used to jump to the next page if the images do not fit into a single page
PIC The Last page button is used to jump to the Last page if the images do not fit into a single page
PIC Page template drop-down list. It allows to select a predefined page template (see Section 16.2.2)
PIC The Edit page template button opens the Page Template Settings dialog (see Section 16.2.2)
PIC The Resolution (DPI) drop-down list (only for the Preview window). The list allows to set print resolution (clarity)
PIC The Printer dropdown menu (only for the DICOM Preview window). It specifies the DICOM printer
PIC The Zoom tool allows to zoom selected images
PIC The Shift image tool allows to shift selected images inside cells
PIC The Reset transformation tool allows to reset all the transformations made using the Zoom and Shift image tools
PIC The W/L tool allows to change the window width and level
PIC The Arrow tool allows to make graphic labels such as arrows. For details on how to do it see Section 2.26
PIC The Text tool allows to make text labels. For details on how to do, it see Section 2.26
PIC The Ellipse tool allows to make graphic labels such as an ellipse. For details, on how to do it see Section 2.26
PIC The Rectangle tool allows to make graphic labels such as an rectangle. For details, on how to do it see Section 2.26
PIC The Polygon tool allows to make graphic labels such as a polygon. For details, on how to do it see Section 2.26
PIC The Show labels tool allows to show the information about an image. For details, on how to do it see Section 16.2.4
PIC The Show reference image tool allows to display a reference image. For details, on how to do it see Section 16.2.5
PIC The Remove selected images button allows to remove selected images from the print list (see Section 16.2.3)
PIC The Page setup (only for the Preview window) opens the print settings dialog
PIC The Print button opens the print dialog
PIC The Clear print list command removes all the images from the print list. To use it, click the arrow on the right side of the Print button and select the Clear print list item
PIC The Export to PDF tool (only for the Preview window) saves images to a pdf file

16.2.2 Set Up Page Templates

Tha Page templates tool allows you to arrange images in arbitrary order. After the program has been installed, the following templates will be available:

  • one image on the screen;
  • two images, one on top of the other;
  • 2x2 grid;
  • 3x2 grid.

To open the page template editing dialog, press the Edit page template PIC button. The dialog shown in Fig. 16.3 will be displayed.



Select the desired template from the drop-down list. To add a new template, press the Add page template PIC button, to delete a template, press the PIC Remove page template button. Attention! Deleting a template cannot be undone.

To change a template name, enter a new name in the Name field.

Set the space between images in the Spacing (mm) field.

To change the row and column count, enter values in the Row count and Column count fields.

If the column and/or row count is greater than 1, you can merge an arbitrary number of cells. The merged cells must form a rectangle. For example, set the Row count to 3 and the Column count to 4. Next, select cells 7, 8, 11, 12. To do it, move the cursor from cell 7 to cell 12, holding the left mouse button. Next, press Merge. The four selected cells will be merged.

To cancel the merging, select the merged cell and press Unmerge.

To split any cell into an arbitrary number of rows and columns, select this cell, enter values in the rows and columns fields and press the Split button. The cells made by splitting can only be merged with each other.

To save the changes, press OK or Apply, to cancel, press Cancel.

16.2.3 Cells

If the page template contains several cells, then to apply the Zoom, Shift image, W/L tools to several images on one page or to delete an image (images), you need to select the corresponding cells. To select, click the left mouse button on the cell. To remove a selection, click on the image again. To select multiple cells:

  • To select multiple cells that are contiguous (next to each other): click on the first cell and click on the last one, holding the Shift key on the keyboard.
  • To select multiple cells that are anywhere on the page: click the left mouse button on each one, holding the Ctrl key on the keyboard.
  • To remove a selection, click on the any selected cell again.

Warning! If any of the graphic label tools or one of the Zoom, Shift image, W/L tools is active, selection and removing of the selection are not available.

To remove the images in the selected cells click the PIC Remove selected images button.

To swap images in cells, drag an image to the target cell, holding the left mouse button. The images will be swapped.

16.2.4 Print Labels

If an image is captured without labels, you can add them in the Preview Window. To do it, click the PIC Show labels button. The tags that should be displayed are marked with flags. To display or hide a label, click the arrow on the right side on the PIC Show labels button and select the target item.

To set the font size, select the Show annotation text size... item in the button menu.

To select the DICOM tags that should be displayed in the left-hand bottom corner, select the Set visible tags... item in the button menu and in the dialog that appears mark the target tags with flags.

If one or more cells are selected, the settings will be applied only to these cells.

16.2.5 Reference image

The DICOM Viewer provides an opportunity to add reference images to the print list. You can ascribe the same reference image to all the images on the list, or a different image to each of the images on the list. To ascribe several reference images to each study added to the print list, you can create a separate list of reference images.

To add a reference image:

  1. Choose an image from the same study that has been added to the print list. Click the arrow on the right side of the Add to print list PIC button and select the Add as reference image item. This image will by default be ascribed to all the images from the same study included in the print list.
  2. If you need to add a new reference image to the list or replace it with a different one, repeat the previous step. You will see a notification that a reference image has already been added. To add another reference image to the list, click the Yes button; to replace the previous reference image, click the Rewrite buton, to cancel, click the No button.
  3. Open the Preview or DICOM Preview window. If the Show reference image PIC tool is inactive, activate it with the left mouse button. A reduced reference image is displayed in the corner of each image. If there is more than one image on the list of reference images, the first image added to the list will be displayed.
  4. To adjust the display of the reference image, click the arrow on the right side of the Show reference image PIC button and select the Property... item. You can set up the following properties:
    • image alignment;
    • dimention ration;
    • project line width (mm).
  5. To replace the reference image attributed to a separate image, highlight it and press the arrow on the right side of the Show Reference Image PIC button, then click the Select Reference Image... button. Choose the image you need in the dialog box and click Select. If no image has been selected, the reference image will be changed for all the images on the print list. If there are images from different studies on the print list, the reference image can be changed only for the images selected. The Select Reference Image... function is also available in the right-click menu.
  6. To delete a reference image from the list, click the arrow on the right side of the Show Reference Image PIC button, then click Select Reference Image... item. Choose the image you need in the dialog box and click the Delete button.
  7. To hide/show a reference image, press the left side of the Show Reference Image PIC button. If there are some images selected, the action will be performed only for them.

If there are images from different studies on the print list, reference images will be ascribed to them separately.