Journal of Digital Imaging

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 11–14

Using Java to Generate Globally Unique Identifiers for DICOM Objects

  • Aaron W. C. Kamauu
  • Scott L. DuVall
  • David E. Avrin

DOI: 10.1007/s10278-007-9079-7

Cite this article as:
Kamauu, A.W.C., DuVall, S.L. & Avrin, D.E. J Digit Imaging (2009) 22: 11. doi:10.1007/s10278-007-9079-7


Digital imaging and communication in medicine (DICOM) specifies that all DICOM objects have globally unique identifiers (UIDs). Creating these UIDs can be a difficult task due to the variety of techniques in use and the requirement to ensure global uniqueness. We present a simple technique of combining a root organization identifier, assigned descriptive identifiers, and JAVA generated unique identifiers to construct DICOM compliant UIDs.

Key words

Digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM)structured reportingdigital imaging

Copyright information

© Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aaron W. C. Kamauu
    • 1
  • Scott L. DuVall
    • 2
  • David E. Avrin
    • 3
  1. 1.Biomedical Informaticist, RemedyMD® Inc.SandyUSA
  2. 2.National Library of Medicine Fellow, Department of Biomedical InformaticsUniversity of UtahSalt LakeUSA
  3. 3.Chief of Body Imaging, Department of RadiologyUniversity of Utah Health Science CenterSalt LakeUSA