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 reporting digital 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

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