The process of transferring images from a scanner into CMRtools has three main steps. The first step is to copy the images from the scanner onto a CD or another storage device. The images should be stored in the Dicom file format. All of the images acquired during the relevant scan should be copied. The software provided with the scanner should have a facility for copying images in this manner. The second step is to import the images into the imagebank. The imagebank is a database of images that is stored on your computer's local hard disk and maintained by CMRtools. It enables the rapid browsing and retrieval of images. The third step is to locate the images that you require in the imagebank and to load them into CMRtools.
Importing Dicom images into the CMRtools Imagebank
To import Dicom 3.0 images into the Imagebank. To do this, you should first click on the 'open' button followed by the 'DICOM' button.
You will then be presented with the following screen.
The purpose of the 'dicom' user interface is to allow you to specify which folders contain the dicom image files for the patient for which you want to perform an assessment. You should click on the small '+' symbols in the tree structure until you can see the relevant folders. You should click in the small boxes in the tree structure to place a tick against the folders that contain the dicom image files.
It can be useful to look at the contents of a dicom file in order to work out whether an individual folder should be selected. To do this, click on the name of a folder. All of the files that are in the folder are shown in a list in the middle of the window. Click on a file to see its contents. If the file is a dicom file, the contents will be displayed on the right of the window as shown below.
Once you have placed a tick next to all of the folders that contain the files you need, click on the 'copy to imagebank' button. The computer will then search through all of the folders that you have selected. Any dicom file that is found will be added to the imagebank. The images will be automatically grouped by patient if dicom images for more than one patient are found. Copying images to the imagebank can take many minutes if there is a large number of files or the storage medium is slow.
If there is a problem whilst the images are being imported to the imagebank, an error message will be displayed. Typical problems include insufficient space on the hard disk or the presence of incompatible dicom files. If you are unable to resolve the problem, please send an email that states the error to help@cmrtools.com.