DicomWorks: Software for Reviewing DICOM Studies and Promoting Low-cost Teleradiology

  • Philippe A. Puech
  • Loïc Boussel
  • Samir Belfkih
  • Laurent Lemaitre
  • Philippe Douek
  • Régis Beuscart
Article

Abstract

DicomWorks is freeware software for reading and working on medical images [digital imaging and communication in medicine (DICOM)]. It was jointly developed by two research laboratories, with the feedback of more than 35,000 registered users throughout the world who provided information to guide its development. We detail their occupations (50% radiologists, 20% engineers, 9% medical physicists, 7% cardiologists, 6% neurologists, and 8% others), geographic origins, and main interests in the software. The viewer’s interface is similar to that of a picture archiving and communication system viewing station. It provides basic but efficient tools for opening DICOM images and reviewing and exporting them to teaching files or digital presentations. E-mail, FTP, or DICOM protocols are supported for transmitting images through a local network or the Internet. Thanks to its wide compatibility, a localized (15 languages) and user-friendly interface, and its opened architecture, DicomWorks helps quick development of non proprietary, low-cost image review or teleradiology solutions in developed and emerging countries.

Key words

Computers digital imaging and communication in medicine (DICOM) DICOM viewer teleradiology 

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© Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philippe A. Puech
    • 1
    • 3
  • Loïc Boussel
    • 2
  • Samir Belfkih
    • 1
  • Laurent Lemaitre
    • 3
  • Philippe Douek
    • 2
  • Régis Beuscart
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical Informatics and BiostatisticsCERIM, Faculte de MedecineLille CedexFrance
  2. 2.CREATIS, INSA, Lyon, Batiment Blaise PascalVilleurbanneFrance
  3. 3.Department of Radiology, Hopital HuriezCentre Hospitalier Universitaire de LilleLilleFrance

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