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FAQ - Interoperability

Jones, Nicola, M.Sc. Philips Healthcare Philips Global
Teitsma, Loretta Philips Healthcare Philips Global

What is interoperability?

Interoperability is the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information and to use the information that has been exchanged.


What is DICOM?

DICOM is an acronym for Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine. It is an extensive set of standards for handling, storing and transmitting information in medical imaging. It includes a file format definition and a network communications protocol.


How can I transfer only the b=0 and the isotropic DWI images to a workstation?

The below description is only applicable for workstations, and is not applicable for archiving systems.

  • Select an examination in "Patient Administration".
  • Select a DWI or DTI scan.
  • Click on the icon (with the little man). A window called "Select Images Ranges" opens.
  • Select the highest available number behind "Gradient Orientation".
  • Select all "Diffusion BValues".
  • Click on "Select".


How can I transfer only the b=0 and the isotropic DWI images to a PACS?

Selectively transferring images to a PACS (or other archiving system) which supports 'storage commit' is not allowed. The PACS button will be disabled.

Only (a set of) series or scans (which can be a complete examination) can be networked to a PACS.


Possible workarounds are:

  • Make a screen capture of the isotropic images. It will create a separate database entry and this can be archived.
  • The PACS should be configured twice using two different names. The IsArchive parameter being the discriminating setting. One with IsArchive set to no and one with IsArchive set to yes. The first will appear in the list of Network nodes, the latter will appear in the list underneath the PACS button.
  • Sort the images in basic viewing (Gyroview) such that all isotropic images are clustered together. The way the images are viewed in basic viewing is used during export when the Instance Number is created. This workaround requires that the PACS sorts on Instance Number.


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