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INTEROPERABILITY:
ADVANCED SOLUTIONS TO COMMON ISSUES IN RADIOLOGY


Many of the current issues in medical imaging result from the lack of interoperability between formats and systems. Depending on configurations, workflows or even local standards, these issues can have a negative influence on the expected performance of the radiology department.

We offer state-of-the-art solutions to face these challenges and increase the efficiency of the radiological workflow.

Thanks to the expertise gained from creating state-of-the-art features for some of the most demanding projects in medical imaging, we are able to think “outside the box” and offer specialized solutions to complicated and specific problems. The following list shows a few of the many challenges for which we have created solutions:



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1 Separation of in-phase and opposed-phase MRI sequences into individual series as used in Chemical Shift Imaging
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Separation of various diffusion coefficients (e.g. B values) into individual series to process data with any kind of 2D reading station, e.g. for breast, liver, or kidney MRI imaging

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Separation of 4D MRI scans into 3D or 2D MRI scans to process data with any kind of 2D reading station, e.g. for breast, liver, or kidney MRI imaging

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Automatic sorting of ultrasound images and series for easy overview and accurate diagnostics

5 Automatic patient reconciliation for teleradiology using nonunique patient IDs and accession numbers
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Automatic image retrieval from an external PACS directly from any HIS

1 Scrolling through MRI sequences in Chemical Shift Imaging is incovenient since the in-phase and opposed-phase images are part of the same sequence.

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Output: Two properly ordered indvidual series
Result: Smooth navegation through the MRI series

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2 Images with diffusion coefficients cannot be processed on standard 2D reading stations

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Output: Series will be created/separated by diffusion coefficient.
Result: Processing of images with diffusion coefficients can be performed on 2D reading stations for each series individually.

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2 4D MRI scans cannot be processed on standard 2D reading stations

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Result: Processing of 4D scan data as 3D or 2D scans on any standard 2D DICOM workstation

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2 Automatic sorting of ultrasound images and series for easy overview and accurate diagnostics.

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Result: iQ-SOLUTION separates the images into sorted series allowing to review them in a structured way.

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2 When hospitals share images, the demographic data is often incorrectly matched by the receiving system, thus creating a new patient to whom no existing images can be assigned (a common issue in countries without standard Patient IDs).

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Output:
Result: When a object from an external PACS arrives, our solution queries the master patient index of a connected HIS by HL7 (MPI) for the target patient ID and accession number. It then adjusts the dataset with the target patient ID and accession number and forwards the data to the target PACS. If the images return to the first PACS, the original information is still available.

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2 Image requests from a HIS to an external PACS can return empty, even if the required images are available in the system.

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Output:
Result: We can query the external PACS using different search criteria until it matches the proper image(s). They are sent to the target PACS with adapted DICOM Tags (e.g.accession number or patient ID).

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...and many more.

If you have a special challenge with no current solution, feel free to contact us with a brief description of your project and its requirements. We will be glad to begin a discussion of the possibilities that lie ahead.