We Built This House; It’s Time to Move in: Leveraging Existing DICOM Structure to More Completely Utilize Readily Available Detailed Contrast Administration Information

Jeffrey D. Hirsch, Eliot L. Siegel, Sridhar Balasubramanian, Kenneth C. Wang

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Abstract

The Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard is the universal format for interoperability in medical imaging. In addition to imaging data, DICOM has evolved to support a wide range of imaging metadata including contrast administration data that is readily available from many modern contrast injectors. Contrast agent, route of administration, start and stop time, volume, flow rate, and duration can be recorded using DICOM attributes [1]. While this information is sparsely and inconsistently recorded in routine clinical practice, it could potentially be of significant diagnostic value. This work will describe parameters recorded by automatic contrast injectors, summarize the DICOM mechanisms available for tracking contrast injection data, and discuss the role of such data in clinical radiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-411
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Digital Imaging
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 21 2015

Keywords

  • Communication
  • Contrast media
  • Digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM)
  • Image data
  • Information storage and retrieval

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Computer Science Applications

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