A Software Tool for Reading DICOM Directory Files

A Software Tool for Reading DICOM Directory Files

Ricardo Villegas (Universidad de Carabobo, Venezuela), Guillermo Montilla (Universidad de Carabobo, Venezuela) and Hyxia Villegas (Universidad de Carabobo, Venezuela)
DOI: 10.4018/jhisi.2007010105
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DICOMDIR directory files are useful in medical software applications because they allow organized access to images and information sets that come from radiological studies that are stored in conformance with the digital imaging and communication in medicine (DICOM) standard. During the medical application software development, specialized programming libraries are commonly used in order to solve the requirements of computation and scientific visualization. However, these libraries do not provide suitable tools for reading DICOMDIR files, making necessary the implementation of a flexible tool for reading these files, which can be also easily integrated into applications under development. To solve this problem, this work introduces an object-oriented design and an open-source implementation for such reading tool. It produces an output data tree containing the information of the DICOM images and their related radiological studies, which can be browsed easily in a structured way through navigation interfaces coupled to it.

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