World Wide Web interface to digital imaging and communication in medicine-capable image servers

Grover C. Browning, Yun Liang, Kenneth A. Buckwalter, Robert A. Kruger, Alex Aisen

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As a trial project, the Indiana University Department of Radiology has developed a low-cost manner of distributing radiological images throughout a medical environment using the World Wide Web (WWW). The interface requires the user to have a WWW-browser client, such as Netscape, running on UNIX, PC, or Macintosh platforms. A forms-based interface allows the user to query several DICOM-capable machines at the machine, patient, study, series, and image levels. Once an image transfer is initiated, images are prewindowed from 16- to 8-bits, compressed using public domain Joint Photographic Expert Group (JPEG) compression routines, transferred to the WWW client program, and decompressed and displayed using a locally selected image viewing program. At the currently implemented level of compression (75%quality), the entire fetch-transform-JPEG-display process takes 2 to 5 seconds over Ethernet, depending on the platform used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-184
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Digital Imaging
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996


  • digital imaging and communication in medicine
  • image display
  • image processing
  • picture archiving and communication system (PACS)
  • World Wide Web

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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