Monday, November 28, 2011

Introduction to DICOM - Chapter 3 - DICOM Elements

Chapter 3 – DICOM Elements

Let’s start with a useful example. Suppose you are a dermatologist and that you use your Smartphone digital camera to record and track patients’ skin condition. You practice a simple procedure that is basically this:

1. Take a photo

2. Send it to yourself by email

3. Open the email on your laptop and save the picture in a folder having the patient name.

As programmers, we don’t have to talk much about the flows of this practice but for a small, one doctor clinic, this might just work.

In this lesson, we’ll take the JPEG image and DICOMIZE it. When we DICOMIZE an Image we wrap the image in a DICOM envelope and add important data that is required by the DICOM standard in order to enable all DICOM enabled applications to read and display the image correctly. It’s true that non DICOM application can display the JPEG image just as it is now without DICOMIZING but that’s another story.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Special offer for the new HL7Kit Pro 1.5

The new version 1.5 of HL7Kit Pro - HL7 to Database Integration Engine was released today. To celebrate the new release, the new version is offered at only $249 and includes all 4 applications in a single installation package. We've come to realize that our users prefer having the entire product installed on the production server including the HL7 Sender, HL7 Receiver and the HL7 Mapping Tool.

The main new feature of the new release is the support of multiple protocol versions and multiple mapping rules for a single runtime service. The runtime service can be configured to use different message definition files and different mapping XML for every remote application. This feature was requested long ago by many customers and a workaround to allow this was introduced in version 1.2. Now this feature is fully integrated into the product. The new release can be downloaded here.