Indexing and retrieving DICOM data in disperse and unstructured archives

  • Carlos Costa
  • Filipe Freitas
  • Marco Pereira
  • Augusto Silva
  • José L. Oliveira
Original Article



This paper proposes an indexing and retrieval solution to gather information from distributed DICOM documents by allowing searches and access to the virtual data repository using a Google-like process.

Methods and materials

The medical imaging modalities are becoming more powerful and less expensive. The result is the proliferation of equipment acquisition by imaging centers, including the small ones. With this dispersion of data, it is not easy to take advantage of all the information that can be retrieved from these studies. Furthermore, many of these small centers do not have large enough requirements to justify the acquisition of a traditional PACS.


A peer-to-peer PACS platform to index and query DICOM files over a set of distributed repositories that are logically viewed as a single federated unit. The solution is based on a public domain document-indexing engine and extends traditional PACS query and retrieval mechanisms.


This proposal deals well with complex searching requirements, from a single desktop environment to distributed scenarios. The solution performance and robustness were demonstrated in trials. The characteristics of presented PACS platform make it particularly important for small institutions, including educational and research groups.


PACS DICOM Information retrieving Search engine 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos Costa
    • 1
  • Filipe Freitas
    • 1
  • Marco Pereira
    • 1
  • Augusto Silva
    • 1
  • José L. Oliveira
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Aveiro, DETI/IEETAAveiroPortugal

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