How to use the DICOM Anonymizer







The DICOM Anonymizer is a seperate free software application to anonymize a single DICOM file, multiple DICOM files or a single folder with or without subfolders.
The software can be downloaded and installed for free, separately from the DICOM viewer but is included and integrated with the fully licensed package.

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DICOM viewer integration
The anonymizer is included with the licensed DICOM viewer package. Integration with the DICOM viewer enables you to:
Check option 'Anonymize data' in the store/push/burn interface.
When burning or sending/pushing DICOM files anonymously, all selected patients/studies/series/individual DICOM data will be anonymized first, using the separate anonymizer. Your temp folder will be used to store the anonymized data, make sure there is enough space available. All anonymized temporary files will be deleted when the burning or sending process is complete.
The 'Store DICOM files' feature directly stores the anonymized data in the destination folder you selected.




Stand-alone DICOM Anonymizer


Steps
Follow these steps to anonymize DICOM files:
1. Select 2. Select a destination folder. If selected, all anonymized DICOM files will be stored there. If not selected, all anonymized files are stored in the folder of the respective original file.
3. Press the 'START ANONYMIZING' button.

The message window and progress-bars will indicate the progress and any possible error messages. If you have a license of the 'Rubo DICOM viewer', this anonymization tool is included and integrated.
See the arguments section below, how to automate or integrate the DICOM anonymizer with your software.


Interface
'Anonymize folders'
Click the 'ANONYMIZE FOLDERS' area to activate anonymization of a folder. Select a source folder by clicking the 'Select source folder' button, choose the correct folder and press 'Select folder'. No filenames are shown while selecting a source folder. To include all subfolders of the source folder, check the 'Search all subfolders' option.

'Anonymize file(s)'
Click the 'ANONYMIZE FILE(S)' area to activate anonymization of one or more files. Add files by clicking the 'Add file(s)' button. Select one or more files and press 'Open' to confirm. You can select more than 1 file by using the CTRL and/or SHIFT buttons while choosing filenames. The selected files are displayed in the window next to the 'Add file(s)' button. Clear the selected files list by pressing the 'Clear' button.

'Destination folder'
Check 'Destination folder same as source file(s)' to store all anonymized files in the same folder as the source file. When this option is not checked, you have to choose a folder in which all anonymized files are stored. Press the 'Select destination folder' button to do so. These destination settings are separately stored for anonymization of folder or files.

When all folders are set or all files choosen, press the 'START ANONYMIZING' button to start. The text in the button will also show if you are anonymizing folders or files. If you are anonymizing folders, the first step is searching the folder (and if set, subfolders) for DICOM files. The anonymization progress is displayed using the message window and the progress bars. Stop the process any time by clicking the 'STOP' button. Anonymizing the current file will finish before quitting anonymization.
Click the 'STOP' button 5 times rapidly to force the process to end, quitting the anonymizer. Use this option as a last resort, do expect error messages and the current file will be corrupt.


Autostart arguments
Use the following arguments to directly start the anonymizer or to integrate it with other software
'-fo'   : Source folder to search for DICOM files
'-fd'   : Destination folder. If not specified, anonymized files are stored in the folder of the source files
'-wc'   : Wildcard, cannot be changed in the user interface. Default '*.*'
'-fi'   : Single DICOM file
'-sf'   : Search subfolders
'-quit' : Quit when finished anonymizing

Allow a space between the argument and a folder or file. Use double quotes around a folder or filename. For example:


Anonymized DICOM groups
The following DICOM groups are anonymized
(0008,0014), (0008,0050), (0008,0080), (0008,0081), (0008,0090), (0008,0092), (0008,0094), (0008,0010),
(0008,1030), (0008,103E), (0008,1040), (0008,1048), (0008,1050), (0008,1060), (0008,1070), (0008,1080),
(0008,2111), (0010,0010), (0010,0020), (0010,0030), (0010,0032), (0010,0040), (0010,1000), (0010,1001),
(0010,1010), (0010,1020), (0010,1030), (0010,1090), (0010,2160), (0010,2180), (0010,21B0), (0010,4000),
(0018,1000), (0018,1030), (0020,0010), (0020,0052), (0020,0200), (0020,4000), (0040,A124), (0088,0140),
(3006,0024), (3006,00C2)

The following DICOM groups are explicitly NOT anonymized
(0008,0018), (0008,1155), (0020,000D), (0020,000E)

Groups holding UIDs, all numbers are replaced by a '1'.
Groups holding strings, all characters are replaced by spaces or '0's.
Groups holding integers, all numbers are set to 0.