DICOMatic

By: Tomovision  09-12-2011
Keywords: scanner, Converter, image analysis

DICOMatic

DICOMatic is a medical image format converter. It will convert most proprietary image formats to DICOM format.

"DICOMatic is invaluable! Its ability to convert the wide spectrum of image formats to DICOM has saved us countless time and money."

Andrew Malkelfresh, Duke Image Analysis Laboratory, Duke University

Overview

(For Windows 9x/NT/2000/XP and Vista)

DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine) has become the standard medical image format. It is used extensively by most medical software programs and PACS systems. Old scanners did not produce DICOM images but instead used proprietary formats. If you need to work with these images you first need to convert the images to DICOM.

DICOMatic will recognize and convert a LOT of formats! You can consult the list at the end of this page to see if your scanner format is supported. (And if it is not, we would love to hear from you! We are always on the lookout for new formats to add..)

It is used by satisfied customers around the world:

"Thank you so much for making such a great product and backing it up with WONDERFUL customer service! I'm very impressed."

Lynn Copes, Smithsonian Museum.

Not a frame grabber

DICOMatic is not a frame grabber!

Our competitors use a frame grabber (also called a DICOM box) to convert medical images to DICOM. Our solution is entirely software. Not only is our solution less then a tenth of the price, but it offers a number of advantages.

  • We do not need an access to the console. A frame grabber will need to be hooked up to the scanner's console. To convert an image, it has to be displayed on the console. This monopolizes an important piece of equipment while the operator does the conversion.
  • We do not lose image quality. A frame grabber will add artefacts in the converted images. Also, the resulting image resolution and precision will be degraded due to the "frame grabbing" step (the digital scanner image is displayed on the analog screen of the console, and that analog signal is converted back in a digital image). Our solution takes the digital image in the format native to the scanner and converts it directly to DICOM. There is NO image degradation. The converted image pixels are exactly the same as the original pixels.
  • We do not lose the patient information. All the patient information that is present in the original image will be converted along with the image to create a complete DICOM file.
  • We do not lose the pixel's metrics. These informations will be lost with a frame grabber. You can take measurements from our converted images. The pilot and axial images will align to one another perfectly. You can even use the images to do 3D reconstructions.
  • We creates DICOM images in the same modality as the original image. A frame grabber has no choice but to use the "Second Capture" modality when it create its DICOM files. With DICOMatic, we preserve the scanner's modality with all the information that was available in the original.

Of course, a frame grabber has one advantage over our solution: it can convert any image format. As long as you can see the image on the console, it can be made in a DICOM file. While DICOMatic cannot boast of being compatible with ALL the image formats, it does convert more than 50 of them. So, if your scanner generates images that are compatible with DICOMatic, do you really want to pay more to use a frame grabber to convert them?

"Siemens has found that Tomovision provides a solution that enables us to differentiate our offer to our customers. This ensures that we can provide quality DICOM converted images within our customers hospital environment, on an immediate basis. This is particularly beneficial in Medico-Legal cases where images are required quickly to support evidence.

The support from Tomovision has been excellent in ensuring the product meets our customers requirements, and also addresses the idiosyncrasies of the non-Dicom images by prompt updating of the SW version accordingly."

Alistair Piggot, Siemens UK.

Drag & Drop Windows

DICOMatic is so easy to use! Just open the program, drag the image over the DICOMatic window and drop it there. DICOMatic will automatically recognize the format and use the appropriate converter to create a new DICOM image. DICOMatic will then store the new image within the same directory.

You can also drop a whole directory on DICOMatic and it will convert all the images it finds!

Batch Converter

You can also use DICOMatic in a batch file or within another application.

Flexibility

By editing either the "Conversin Rules" file or directly the DICOMatic's DICOM tables, you can easily add or remove DICOM tags from the converted files. You can also define default or override values for any of the DICOM tags. This technique can be used, for example, to anonymize the converted images.

Supported formats

"We use it routinely on an almost day to day basis - in addition, we were able to rescue all of the data from a 15 year old research study that would otherwise have been lost, after a new use for the original data developed."

Dermot Dobson, Oxford Radcliffe University, UK.

Image Gallery


DICOMatic interface
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Editing the rules file
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Editing the DICOM tags
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Keywords: Converter, image analysis, Medical Image, scanner

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