DICOM

The DICOM Tools Submenu contains features to aid in the management of DICOM data.

DICOM Dump

The DICOM Dump tool provides the information contained in the DICOM headers for DICOM files currently loaded in the Main Window. The DICOM Dump is now also compatible with .img and .hdr files.

Getting There

There are three ways to access the DICOM Dump. The first method is via the Tools Menu in the Main Window.

The second method for reaching the DICOM Dump is to use the keyboard shortcut "Ctrl+Shift+D". For more on keyboard shortcuts in VQ, please see Keyboard Shortcuts.

The third method is via the Data Browser. Right click on a dataset and click "Dump Header".

The fourth method is via the Data Manager. Right click on a dataset and click "DICOM Dump".

Function

Activating the DICOM Dump tool opens a new DICOM dump window. Information from the DICOM headers for any active datasets is displayed in this window. In the top-left corner is a pull-down menu where you can choose which set of DICOM header information to display.

In the upper right portion of the DICOM dump window is a Find option. A search string may be entered in the "Find" field. The DICOM dump tool uses the DICOM dictionary listed in Configuration - DICOM to read the DICOM header. Each row in the DICOM dump represents a DICOM header data entry. The list below uses a dummy DICOM entry to illustrate the meaning of each field in the DICOM Dump. Consider the following dummy entry:

(0000,FFFF) AZ [12\18] # 4,2 VQ DICOM Example

Anonymizer

The Anonymizer anonymizes the data to the user.

Getting There

Go to the Tools Menu in the Main Window then DICOM.

Function

Upon selecting the Anonymizer, a dialog box appears prompting the user to decide whether to anonymize each loaded dataset individually (Yes) or anonymize them all together (No).

In the Anonymizer, header fields can be edited to remove sensitive information, such as the imaging dates, or identifying text fields. The fields can be edited manually or by setting the text to the label of the field and the dates to a new date, such as today. The buttons 'Text to Label' and 'Dates to Today' will fill in these sections as described. Selecting OK will apply the changes.

Now, the DICOM Dump will reveal no identifying information.

Rename DICOM Files

The "Rename DICOM" function can be used to rename locally stored DICOM files according to information from selected fields of the headers.

Getting There

DICOM files can be renamed by selecting "Rename DICOM" under the Tools -> DICOM menu

Function

Choose which files to rename by using the "Add Files" button in the "Rename DICOM Files" dialog. Construct new image names by typing into the "Template" text box, using the key beneath the text box for reference. Each token represents a particular field of the DICOM header. The new names of the selected files will be displayed in the "Examples" window as they are entered. Names must be unique, or else the files will not be renamed. Renaming will also fail if illegal characters (e.g., backwards or forwards slashes) are used. To execute renaming, click "OK."

Relabel Study

The Relabel Study tool allows the following fields to be edited or renamed: (Patient Name, Patient ID, Study Description, Series Description, Patients Birthday, Protocol Name).

Getting There

Go to the Tools Menu in the Main Window then DICOM.

Function

Upon selecting the Anonymizer, a dialog box appears prompting the user to decide whether to anonymize each loaded dataset individually (Yes) or anonymize them all together (No).

Enter the desired Data fields to change. Select the desired Repository and Project to store then click OK, or Open if no data are already loaded.