ODIN: Adaptation of an HTML 5-Compatible DICOM Viewer for MIRC-TFS, Enhancing the Incorporation of Clinical Images into the Health Science Curriculum
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The use of diagnostic radiology images while teaching has been proven to enhance student learning. The incorporation of images in the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) format has been hindered by the lack of integrated, DICOM image-compatible, viewing software.
A project was developed to facilitate the migration of clinical diagnostic radiology images, in their native DICOM format into the curriculum at the undergraduate level, including the Medical School, while anonymizing the images and presenting them in a way that simulates a clinical Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS). These images can be directly incorporated into Blackboard Learn or into other applications using embedded URLs.
A teaching file server was deployed using the Medical Imaging Resource Community–Teaching File System (MIRC-TFS) platform. An HTML5, DICOM image viewing server was developed and deployed. Plugins were created to integrate the anonymized images in the MIRC-TFS server with the HTML5 DICOM viewer and Blackboard Learn. The solution was deployed at an undergraduate level.
This project has resulted in the successful development and deployment of a variety of solutions, including an HTML 5 DICOM viewer, that has allowed for the incorporation of anonymized DICOM images from a clinical imaging repository into the undergraduate curriculum.
KeywordsTeaching Digital imaging DICOM Web-based DICOM viewer Informatics
The authors wish to thank SaskTel and the Royal University Hospital Foundation for their generous support of this project. Thanks are given to Dr. Julia Boughner for allowing us to pilot our project in her undergraduate anatomy course. We also appreciate the feedback and suggestions made by Dr. Paul Babyn and Dr. Greg Malin.
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The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.
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