Inobitec DICOM Viewer

2.28. Graphic Label Tool

2.28.1 General

This tool allows you to create graphic labels (as arrows, ellipses, polygons, freeform lines and text fields) on an image. The labels will be applied during the entire session of working with the series. The labels are attached to specific points on the image and panned, scaled or rotated together with the image.

The button design depends on the selected tool. The default tool is Arrow, and the tool selection button looks like this: PIC .

To activate/deactivate the selected tool, click on the graphic label tool selection button. To select and activate one of the tools, click on the right side of the tool selection button and select the tool (Fig. 2.79).



This tool is also available from the image context menu and from the Image main menu item.

The annotation tools are available on the MPR reconstruction, Vessel analysis, Coronary arteries analysis and PET Analysis tabs.

2.28.2 Create Labels

To create a label on an image:

  1. Activate the Arrow tool by clicking the left/right/middle mouse button. The button will look as follows: PIC . 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. You can draw a arrow in two ways:

    • Click the mouse button at the point where the arrow tip is to be placed and, while holding the mouse button, move the cursor to the opposite end of the arrow. To fix the point, release the mouse button.

    • Click the mouse button at the point where the arrow tip is to be placed. Click the mouse button again where the opposite end of the arrow should be placed. The arrow is shown in Fig. 2.80.

  3. To cancel an incomplete creation, press Esc.



To create a freeform shapes and lines on an image:

  1. Activate the Pencil tool by clicking the left/right/middle mouse button. The button will look as follows: PIC . 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. Click the mouse button at the point where you want the line to begin and, while holding the mouse button, move the cursor. This displays a line that follows the cursor trajectory. To complete the drawing, release the mouse button.

  3. To cancel an incomplete creation, press Esc.

To create a text label on an image:

  1. Activate the Text tool by clicking the left/right/middle mouse button. The button will look as follows: PIC . 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. Click the mouse button where the text should be located.

  3. Enter text in the Edit text dialog box and click OK to add it to the image or CANCEL to cancel the action.

To create a polygon on an image:

  1. Activate the Polygon tool by clicking the left/right/middle mouse button. The button will look as follows: PIC . 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. Click the mouse button where the first point of the polygon should be located.

  3. Move the cursor to the location of the next point. The lines connecting the points of the polygon will be displayed on the screen.

  4. Click the mouse button to save the point.

  5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the last but one point is set.

  6. Double-click the mouse to create the last point. The polygon is complete (Fig. 2.81).

  7. To cancel an incomplete creation, press Esc.



To create an ellipse on an image:

  1. Activate the Ellipse tool by clicking the left/right/middle mouse button. The button will look as follows: PIC . 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. To build an ellipse, just build the rectangle the ellipse is inscribed into. You can draw an ellipse in two ways:

    • Click the mouse button to mark the first end of the ellipse and while holding the mouse button move the cursor to the place where the opposite end should be located. The ellipse will be displayed on the screen. To fix the point, release the mouse button.

    • Click the mouse button to mark the first end of the ellipse. Move the cursor to the place where the opposite end of the ellipse should be located. The ellipse will be displayed on the screen. To fix the second end of the ellipse, click the mouse button. The ellipse is shown in Fig. 2.82.

  3. To cancel an incomplete creation, press Esc.



2.28.3 Actions with Labels

The DICOM Viewer allows you to perform the following actions with labels:

To set the default render parameters, click on the right side of the PIC button and select the command Default tool options...

To delete all objects, click the Delete all Annotations and Measurements PIC button. In the dialog box that appears, Click YES to delete or NO to cancel. If you want the DICOM Viewer to always delete annotations and measurements without this confirmation, check the box Don‘t show this dialog again and click YES. If you want the DICOM Viewer to show the confirmation dialog, check the box Ask before deleting all annotations and measurements (see Section 15.6.1).

PIC Attention! All measurements and other objects created manually will be deleted.