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Default Print Protocol for DICOM Print server

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000012521D
Publication Date: 2003-May-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 157K

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Abstract

DICOM Print server is an application, which allows the PathSpeed workstation user to print the images from the workstation. There are several print option/formats that the user needs to select before opting to print. E.g NXN format, compose the film in the order that is needed to be printed etc. This invention describes a solution which helps the radiologist to compose a default print description which could be used as a default print protocol each time he/she wishes to print.

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INVENTION TITLE: 

Default Print Protocol for DICOM Print server

PROBLEM/BACKGROUND: 

DICOM Print server is an application, which allows the PathSpeed workstation user to print the images from the workstation. There are several print option/formats that the user needs to select before opting to print. E.g NXN format, compose the film in the order that is needed to be printed etc. This invention describes a solution which helps the radiologist to compose a default print description which could be used as a default print protocol each time he/she wishes to print.

INVENTION DESCRIPTION: 

PathSpeed workstation is a image viewing workstation which allows the radiologists to view image and aid in diagnosis. There are many a times when the hard copy print is needed, which calls for a print option in the workstation. DICOM Print server interfaces with the workstation and prints the selected exam on a film through a DICOM printer.

There are times when the radiologist would prefer to print a particular exam in a certain format. This format would include the ordering, format (MXN), certain window level, all images or just the significant images, what format to print on which printer, truesize printing or fit to film etc. This options might differ for each modality. This invention describes the component that describes the composition of the default print protocol for a particular radiologist. This would increase the productivity of the radiologist by reducing the work of composing  the film format each time a film has to be printed.

DRAWING: 

Standard PathSpeed Workstation SetUp

Typical PathSpeed setup in the hospital is as shown in the figure below. This figure shows the setup of the workstation, storage unit and the  DICOM print equipment setup.  There might be more than 1 DICOM printer setup in the hospital

                                   


Normal print process map is as shown below.

With the above work flow, if a radiologist needs to print a set of exams in a particular format which is other than what is normally displayed on the workstation, he needs to arrange it and then print it. This has to be done for each exam. Also he needs to open each exam and arrange the images and select the format before signaling OK to print.

Fig3:  Default print protocol

 

Platform independent XML files containing Print protocol information

 

DDP_Radname2

 

*DPP_RadNam1e

 

* DPP : Default print protocol

 

Default Print protocol

Composer component

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Instead, a default print protocol could be devised for a particular radiologist. In this case he has to just select the exam and selec...