DICOM Tag Morphing Connects Disparate Health IT Systems
Much like spoken languages, DICOM is constantly evolving and different manufacturers speak DICOM in different ways with various “accents.” As a result, DICOM tags vary between manufacturers. Dicom Systems’ mission ensures interoperability between health IT systems, regardless of the specific “accent” or “origin” of tags used by a particular manufacturer.
What Is Tag Morphing?
- Patient’s Name
- Patient’s Age
- Smoking Status
- Clinical Trial Subject ID
- Body Part Examined
List of DICOM tags. Source ResearchGate
Why Is Tag Morphing Important?
How Tag Morphing Enables Interoperability to Solve Use Cases
- The PACS/MIMPS receiving the images may not be capable of resolving special characters in one of the tags, requiring the special character to be removed before the images can be ingested by the PACS/MIMPS
- An older imaging device may be outputting a date format that cannot be resolved by the PACS/MIMPS or other applications, requiring the date to be transformed to an acceptable format.
- A cardiology PACS/MIMPS may not be able to correctly display ultrasound image frames in the correct order because the device output shows values in the DICOM tags that cannot be interpreted by the PACS/MIMPS.
How The Unifier Achieves Tag Morphing
Within the Dicom Systems Unifier framework, tag morphing can be achieved in many different ways. All transformations occur in memory, either on the way into, or out of the Unifier Appliance. This approach to tag morphing substantially improves speed and performance for our customers, as the process does not require changes to first be committed to a database before they occur.
To learn more about the Unifier platform’s tag morphing functionality, or to discuss your enterprise imaging workflow needs, schedule a demo with our team.
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