How do I link a DICOM image to a patient file?

DICOM stands for Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine and are commonly found when using digital x-rays. They are stored in a .dcm filetype. DICOM images can be linked to the patient files in Animana, this can happen automatically if the image contains sufficient information for Animana to link it. This article will explain how you can manually and automatically link these images to a patient file.

Before you start

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  • When you want to use DICOM images in your Animana account you will need to activate the DICOM module. Please contact our Customer Support team for more information.
  • Before contacing Customer Support, please make sure that:
    • You know if files from your x-ray machine can be stored in .dcm format.  When in doubt, contact your x-ray machine supplier to see if the X-ray machine can store or convert the files to dicom files.
    • You know which of your office computer stores your .dcm files and have the location (folder) identified and written down. We need the path of the folder where the X-rays are stored: e.g. “C:\dicom”. Note: this cannot be the computer supplied with your X-ray equipment due to admin rights.
    • Make sure that Java is installed on the computer that stores the .dcm files.
    • Make sure that the DICOM uploader is installed on the Windows computer and has access to the files.
    • You know how you want to view the images in Animana, either .jpeg or .dcm (or both). Uploading .dcm and .jpg provides an easy way to share X-rays in dicom format with colleagues by sending them a link. These can be viewed with a dicom viewer. Uploading only the .jpg files takes up less storage space, but .jpg files cannot be opened with a dicom viewer and therefore have less options for diagnostic viewing.
    • You know from which date you want the upload to start.
  • The first 10GB of storage in your Animana account is free. Depending on the type of digital X-ray machine and settings, the free storage is enough for 1,600 original dicom files (6 MB per dicom) or 600 original dicoms (15 MB per dicom). Additional costs will be charged when the 10GB is exceeded.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Go to the patient file that the DICOM image needs to be linked to.
  2. Click on the dropdown menu.

  3. Select Dicom.

  4. An overview of all the unlinked images is now shown.
  5. Select the boxes of the images that you want to link to this patient.
  6. Scroll down and click Move selection to…

  7. Click Patient File

  8. The images are now linked to the patient file.

More about this

When will images be linked automatically?

DICOM images will be automatically linked to a patient file if the image contains the following information;

  • initials and surname of the client,
  • patient name,
  • patient number (this number can be found in the tab Patient Data),

  • identification number.

The images that will be automatically linked will also be visible for a day in the worklist ( > Digital Xray) and will be removed from this list during the night. Unlinked images will stay visible in this list until they have been manually linked to a patient file.

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Updated on 21 July 2022

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