How do I install the DICOM uploader and automatically start it upon startup?

Animana uses an application to automatically upload DICOM images as soon as these images have been made available in a specified folder. This ‘DICOM uploader’ is a program that looks for digital X-rays (dicom files) in a specific location and uploads them to your Animana account so they can be linked to patients. It needs to be installed on a computer that is always running during working hours. Normally, this DICOM uploader needs to be started everytime when you start up your computer. These instructions will help you automate this process so you do not have to manually start the uploader again.

Before you start

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  • You need to have the open-source version of Java installed on your computer. Proceed with the following instructions first before you continue.
  • Please note that you need to have administrator rights on your computer to get this working. If you don’t have these rights, please get in touch with your IT administrator.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Log into Animana.
  2. Go to Worklist icon > Digital-Xray.
  3. The instructions are different depending on your Operating System. Click on one of the options below to see the instructions that most relevant to you.
Instructions for Windows
  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Start Dicom Uploader. 
  2. You will be prompted to download a zip file called “”. Save this file to your desktop.
  3. Once downloaded do not open the file, but go to your desktop and right-click with your mouse on the file.
  4. Select Extract All…

  5. Now you need to select the location where the files need to be unzipped to. Click Browse.

  6. Select Desktop.

  7. Click New folder.

  8. Name it animana-dicom.

  9. Click Select Folder twice.
  10. You should have something similar to this on your screen:

  11. Make sure that “Show extracted files when complete” is ticked.
  12. Click Extract. It will now unzip the files from the .zip file to your computer:

  13. Once it’s done, it will open the animana-dicom folder. Now open the “Bin” folder.
  14. Right-click on the “windows-dicom.bat” file.
  15. And click Create shortcut.

  16. Right-click on the “windows-dicom.bat – Shortcut”.
  17. Click Cut.
  18. Now press the Windows key + R on your keyboard at the same time.
  19. Type or copy the following text shell:common startup

  20. Press enter or click OK
  21. A window will open. Right-click in that folder.
  22. Click Paste. The file is now pasted in the Startup folder.

  23. As soon as your restart the computer, the DICOM uploader will be automatically started.
Instructions for Mac
  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Start Dicom Uploader. 
  2. The file will be automatically downloaded
  3. Open your Downloads folder in Finder. 
  4. Here you will find the “animana-dicom” folder. Copy this folder by clicking it, clicking the cog next and clicking Copy “animana-dicom”.

  5. Next, CTRL+Click on your desktop and click Paste item.

  6. Now open up finder and search for User & Groups. Click on User & Groups.
  7. Click on the user that needs to run the DICOM uploader automatically, on the left-side.
  8. Click Login-items.

  9. Click on the +-icon at the bottom.
  10. Now select the Desktop folder, select the “animana-dicom” folder, select the “bin” folder, and finally click once on the “macosx-dicom.command” file.

  11. Click Add.

  12. As soon as you restart your machine and log in again, the DICOM uploader will automatically start.

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Updated on 27 January 2022
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