Query PACS servers
Query Picture Archival and Communication Systems (PACS) by opening the 'DICOM Query and Retrieve' interface of the DICOM viewer.
Enter search parameters and query for patients or studies from any DICOM server.
The interface above shows the results of a patient query from DICOMserver2, patients starting with 'T'. The patient names are anonymized.
The patient bar from 'Mmgr' has been opened to show the available studies and CT study with description 'LUNGE' is opened to
show the available series.
See the retrieve page for a description of image retrieval.
- 1. DICOM server
Edit and select a DICOM server to query. See Insert DICOM server to edit and select a DICOM
- 2. Patient query data
Click on either 'Patient Name', 'Patient ID' or 'Birth Data' to enter a search parameter. In the example above we queried
for a patient name starting with 'T'. A non visible wildcard is added behind the text entered. Possible entries
are 'T*' (same as 'T', wildcard is always added to the end), '*T' for patient names ending with 'T' or '*T*'
for all names holding a 'T'. No entry results in a '*' query: all possible matches.
The text entered is not case sensitive.
Query for a patient ID by pressing down the 'Patient ID' button. Enter the ID number or part of. F.e. '123' or '*123*'.
Birth dates are entered via the pull down calendar or manually. Click on the day, month or year and use the arrow
keys to change.
- 3. Study query data
Press down 'Date' to query for studies from specific dates. Choose a date range from the pull down menu and the relevant date boxes
enable you to select either a specific date or a range. In other cases the dates are modified to reflect your choice.
Press down 'Modalities' to filter the study-query results for specific modalities.
- 4. Patient and study query buttons
Query for patients or for studies. The example is a patient query, results are patients and only the query data entered in
the 'Patient query data' box is used.
Press 'STUDY query' to query for studies only. Both patient- and study query data is used.
- 5. Patient bar
The results of a patient query are patient bars, holding the sex, name, ID, date of birth and number of instances (e.g. DICOM files)
available. Press the '+' or double click the bar to open and query for the studies of the patient.
- 6. Study bar
A study bar shows the time and date, ID, modality, description and number of instances. Press the '+' or double click a study bar
to query for the series of the study. Hold the mouse pointer over the modality text for the full modality description.
Study bars from a study query also hold the patient name and birth date.
Right click on a study bar (from a patient query) to refresh the studies.
- 7. Series bar
The series bar holds the series time, number, modality, description and number of instances. Hold the mouse pointer over the
modality text for the full modality description.
Right click on a series bar to refresh the series.
- 8. Retrieve button
Click on a patient-, study- or series-bar to activate the retrieve button. The text in the retrieve button shows you what you have selected
for retrieval. You can select or deselect multiple patients/studies/series for retrieval by clicked each one with the CTRL-button pressed.
The selection is shown by the coloured panels.
In the example above, a study bar has been selected and the retrieve button shows 'Retrieve STUDY'. Press it to retrieve the study.