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Applications. DICOM in Cardiology. Harry Solomon GE Healthcare - Information Technologies Tim Becker Christian Albrechts Universit ä t zu Kiel. 1992 Theme: Cine film replacement. Problem – how to preserve diagnostic quality images without 35mm cine film, but with universal exchangeability

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Dicom in cardiology


DICOM in Cardiology

Harry Solomon

GE Healthcare - Information Technologies

Tim Becker

Christian Albrechts Universität zu Kiel

1992 theme cine film replacement
1992 Theme: Cine film replacement

  • Problem – how to preserve diagnostic quality images without 35mm cine film, but with universal exchangeability

  • Solution – leverage radiology’s DICOM standard, extend it to media interchange on CD

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What s the big deal
What’s the big deal?

  • Cardiology talking to Radiology!

  • DICOM (v.3) wasn’t even published yet!

  • Workstations could not support data rate!

  • Recordable data CDs didn’t exist!

  • Needed a true international standard!

  • Understanding images as data!

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The results
The Results

  • DICOM Standard Supplements 1, 2, 3, 4 and 20

  • DICOM WG1 – Cardiac and Vascular Information

    • International in scope

  • Mission accomplished in only 4 years – universal acceptance of DICOM XA image exchange on CD-R

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1997 theme digital integrated cardiac patient record
1997 Theme: Digital Integrated Cardiac Patient Record

  • Opportunity – create a unified dataset with all of a patient’s cardiac exam data

  • Solution – incorporate ultrasound and nuclear DICOM images, extend DICOM for hemodynamic and electrophysiological waveforms, extend DICOM for cardiac measurements and reports, and get a bigger media

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Results image objects easy
Results: Image Objects (easy)

  • Basic Ultrasound and Nuclear images – done by WGs 12 and 3

  • IVUS extension to Ultrasound done by WG1 – Supplement 48

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Results dvd media relatively easy
Results: DVD Media (relatively easy)

  • DVD Media – Supplement 80 (2003)

    • STD-XA1K-DVD : XA up to 1024²x12-bit

    • STD-GEN-DVD-JPEG : anything on DVD

  • Readers required to support both JPEG lossless and JPEG lossy

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Results waveform objects a bit harder
Results: Waveform Objects (a bit harder)

  • Waveform Interchange – Supplement 30

    • Hemodynamic

    • Electrophysiology

    • ECG (12-lead, general, ambulatory)

    • Basic Audio

  • Used prior work of CEN SCP-ECG and HL7 v.2.3 Waveform Observation

  • Adoption of DICOM waveforms has been disappointing

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Measurements and reports hard
Measurements and Reports (hard)

  • Based on DICOM Structured Reporting Supplements 23 and 53 (2000/2001)

    • Procedure Log, Hemodynamic and ECG Measurements, Cath Lab Report – Sup 66 (2003)

    • Echo Measurements – Sup 72 (2003)

    • QCA/QVA Measurements – Sup 76 (2004)

    • IVUS Measurements – Sup 77 (2004)

    • CTA/MRA Measurements – Sup 97 (in process)

  • All major vendors in process of implementing DICOM SR measurements

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2003 theme cardiology integrated in the healthcare enterprise
2003 Theme: Cardiology Integrated in the Healthcare Enterprise

  • Demand – Bring it all together to support the Electronic Health Record

    • Support the delivery of effective patient care.

    • Facilitate management of chronic conditions.

    • Improve efficiency of clinicians and administration.

    • Improve patient safety. [IOM, 2003]

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2003 theme cardiology integrated in the healthcare enterprise1
2003 Theme: Cardiology Integrated in the Healthcare Enterprise

  • Solution

    • integrate with hospital information systems for consistent patient demographics

    • link to non-hospital practice settings

    • provide workflow management appropriate to cardiology

    • integrate results into patient record

    • consolidate data for longitudinal evaluation and on-going care

    • extract data for outcomes research and public health

    • support performance evaluation

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Examples of the problem
Examples of the problem Enterprise

  • In one survey, while the image pixel data was good, none of the DICOM image objects collected from production systems had completely correct patient demographics, hospital and equipment IDs, and acquisition datetime [Becker, Onnasch and Simon, 2001]

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The tasks ahead for cardiology
The tasks ahead for Cardiology Enterprise

  • Integration requires a clear idea of the dataflow and workflow

    • Data ownership: institution vs. cardiology practice – who “owns” the patient?

      • Data sharing between practice office and hospital

    • Unscheduled exams - “normal emergency”

      • Getting available data without Scheduled Worklist

    • Multi-modality exams, time synchronization, and automatic calibration

    • ECGs: stored and real-time; broad access for viewing

    • Results distribution

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Ihe cardiology
IHE Cardiology Enterprise

  • Workflows to be developed in a new effort: Integrating the Healthcare Environment - Cardiology

  • Leading roles by American College of Cardiology (ACC) and European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

    • Support from RSNA and HIMSS

  • Integration Profiles – tie together all the pieces into a consistent workflow solving the real-world user’s problems

  • Leverage prior five years of IHE Radiology and one year of IHE IT Infrastructure

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Ihe cardiology year 1 profiles
IHE Cardiology Year 1 Profiles Enterprise

  • Cath Lab Workflow

    • Multimodality synchronization

    • Handle unscheduled exams / unknown patients

  • Echocardiography Workflow

    • Support intermittently connected modalities

  • Retrieve ECGs for Display

    • PDF-based

    • Ubiquitous Web access

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Ihe cardiology year 2 profiles
IHE Cardiology Year 2 Profiles Enterprise

  • Evidence Creation

    • DICOM SR measurements

  • Report Creation

    • DICOM SR reporting

      • Simple Image and Numeric Reports (SINR)

    • PDF-based reporting

      • DICOM Encapsulation using Supplement 104

  • Report Distribution

    • Retrieve Information for Display (RID)

    • Cross-enterprise Document Sharing (XDS)

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And beyond
And Beyond … Enterprise

  • Recent engagement of the electrophysiology sub-specialty in standards development

    • New life for DICOM Waveforms?

  • New cardiovascular angiographic applications require new XA information object

    • Supplement 83 now in ballot

  • Emergence of cardiovascular CT and MR into mainstream

    • New visualization techniques needed

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Dicom cardiology

DICOM + Cardiology = Enterprise