Inobitec DICOM Viewer

1.5. Select Data Source

If the DICOM data contains text in national coding that does not match the coding of the main data, then a meaningless sequence of characters in the names of studies, series, etc may be displayed. In this case, to display the text correctly, you must select the target encoding in the settings (see Section 15.1). By default, the encoding of the data source is set. It is the one that is specified in the DICOM files.

1.5.1 Select a CD, DVD or Local Folder as the Data Source

To open studies stored on a CD, DVD or in a local folder:

  1. Select a CD or DVD as the data source by clicking the PIC button on the toolbar, or a local folder by clicking on the PIC button. Commands Open DICOM CD/DVD... and Scan DICOM folder... are available as well from the Studies menu.

  2. In the window that appears, select the folder containing the images, and click Select. To cancel the action, click Cancel.

The studies stored in the selected location will be displayed on the study panel.

The studies being transferred from the local folder PIC may be opened in the Image viewer, ECG viewer, and DICOM tag viewer tabs before all the files have been read. PDF documents are also available to work with.

You will be able to open studies in other tabs, save them, record or send to the server after all the study directories have been read. If there are several series in a folder with a study, a complete list of such series will be displayed only after all the files have been read.

The process of uploading studies from a local folder is reflected on the information panel in the form of a progress bar. If you close the tab before the files have been read, the process of reading files is stopped.

PIC Attention! If you switch to a different data source and then return to the current one, the study list will be cleared.

1.5.2 Opening Zipped DICOM Studies

The DICOM Viewer provides an opportunity to open and view zipped studies.

To open a zipped study from a local folder, proceed as follows:

  1. Choose a local folder with zipped files as the data source by pressing the PIC Open a zip archive with DICOM data button on the toolbar. Command Open zip archive...» is also available from the Studies menu.

  2. Choose one or several archives in the box that pops up and click Open. Click Cancel to cancel.

The studies stored in the selected location will be displayed on the study panel.

The work with zipped studies is performed in the same way as the work with the studies from a local storage.

The thumbnails for the series from ZIP archives are provided with PIC pictograms. Damaged ZIP archives and damaged files from ZIP archives are ignored by the DICOM Viewer.

If an encrypted ZIP archive is opened, a dialog box (see Fig. 1.11) pops up. Enter the password and click OK to open the encrypted ZIP archive or Cancel to cancel.



PIC Attention! If you switch to a different data source and then return to the current one, the study list will be cleared.

1.5.3 Opening DICOM studies by dragging and dropping

You can open DICOM studies in several ways:

  1. Dragging and dropping studies on the DICOM Viewer shortcut. Drag and drop one or more folders with DICOM studies or ZIP archives from the explorer window to the DICOM Viewer shortcut (this option is only available on Windows and macOS). The list of studies will be opened in a new tab DICOM data in the folder or DICOM data in the zip archive. Besides, the Image viewer tab with the first series of the first study will be opened.

    The opportunity to drag and drop both, ZIP archives and unzipped data folders with DICOM data, to the DICOM Viewer shortcut is supported. In this case, the study lists are opened in new tabs DICOM data in the zip archive and DICOM data in the folder. New Image viewer tabs with the first series of the first studies from each list will be opened.

  2. Dragging and dropping studies to the DICOM Viewer study list. Drag and drop one or more folders with DICOM studies or ZIP archives from the explorer window to the DICOM Viewer study list. The list of studies will be opened in a new tab DICOM data in the folder or DICOM data in the zip archive. Besides, the Image viewer tab with the first series of the first study will be opened.

    Dragging and dropping of ZIP archives and unzipped data folders with DICOM data to the DICOM Viewer study list is supported. In this case, the study lists are opened in new tabs DICOM data in the zip archive and DICOM data in the folder. New Image viewer tabs with the first series of the first studies from each list will be opened.

  3. Dragging and dropping studies to the Image viewer window of the DICOM Viewer. Drag and drop one or more folders with DICOM studies or ZIP archives from the explorer window to the Image viewer window of the DICOM Viewer. The study and its series are added to the series panel. The first series of the study will be opened in a new Image viewer window.

    Dragging and dropping of ZIP archives and unzipped data folders with DICOM data to the Image viewer window of the DICOM Viewer is supported. Studies and their series are added to the series panel. The first series of the study will be opened in a new Image viewer window.

  4. Dragging and dropping studies on the Image viewer window tab button of the DICOM Viewer. Drag and drop one or more folders with DICOM studies or ZIP archives from the explorer window on the Image viewer tab button of the DICOM Viewer. The study and its series are added to the series panel. The first series of the study will be opened in a new Image viewer window.

    Dragging and dropping both, ZIP archives and unzipped data folders with DICOM data to the Image viewer tab button of the DICOM Viewer is supported. Studies and their series are added to the series panel. The first series of the studies will be opened in a new Image viewer window.

1.5.4 Select a PACS Server or Local Storage as the Data Source

To open studies stored on a PACS server or in a local storage:

  1. Select the PACS server as the data source by clicking the Search data at remote PACS server PIC button on the toolbar, or the local storage by clicking Search data in the local storage PIC . These commands are available as well from the Study context menu.

  2. Search for data using the search panel that opens. For details on how to work with the search panel, see Section 1.7. The studies that satisfy the search criteria will be displayed on the study panel. The series panel will display the series of the first retrieved study.

PIC Attention! If you switch to a different data source and then return to the current one, the study list will be cleared.

To automatically open a Local Storage when you start the DICOM Viewer check this option (Section 15.6.2) and set up a default search period.

If you open a study from the PACS server, it will be downloaded to the Local Storage. When you close this study the message like 1 series have been downloaded automatically from server. Would you like to keep them on your local storage? will be displayed. To keep the study in the Local Storage, click Yes, to remove, click No. If you want to always perform the selected action, check the box Remember my choice and do not show this dialog again. For details on how to change your choice, see Section 15.6.2.

For the study, added to the Local Storage at least partially, the import date is displayed on the Study Panel.

When the DICOM Viewer is used as the PACS server, data from remote devices are added to the local storage. Data transfer may be initiated by a transmitting device, such as a CAT scanner, DICOM Server, or DICOM Viewer installed on another computer.

The list of the studies in the local storage is automatically updated each time data are received from a supported source.

New studies that were transferred to the local storage from other sources are marked on the study list with PIC . This icon will be deleted after the new study is selected or after a search is performed (i.e. the SEARCH button on the search panel is clicked). The new studies that were received from third-party devices but do not comply with the search parameters will not be shown on the study list (for details see Section 1.7).