Central Repository for Medical Images and Corresponding Reports
Publication Date: 2003-May-08
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The use of hospital acquired medical images is becoming increasingly important in the research and development of medical technology. To facilitate new development, patient images will need to be shared between hospitals and various R&D facilities internal and external to the hospital. This invention retrieves images and reports from hospitals, automatically reads the DICOM header fields of the images and enters all relevant information into the database. The information from physician reports is also entered into the database and is linked to the corresponding images. The database and all image data are stored on a central server. The user interface allows users to search, browse, view, send and (for certain users) edit the information contained in the database. Behind the interface, Structured Query Language (SQL) is implemented to make the database searchable on desired fields.