Journal of Digital Imaging

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 11-14

First online:

Using Java to Generate Globally Unique Identifiers for DICOM Objects

  • Aaron W. C. KamauuAffiliated withBiomedical Informaticist, RemedyMD® Inc. Email author 
  • , Scott L. DuVallAffiliated withNational Library of Medicine Fellow, Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah
  • , David E. AvrinAffiliated withChief of Body Imaging, Department of Radiology, University of Utah Health Science Center

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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 reporting digital imaging