Learn how to export both multi-frame and sets of single-frame DICOM files and understand when to use one over the other.
Hi, I’m Dr. Alex Touchstone. In this short tutorial, I'm going to show you how to export DICOM files out of your patient's folder inside of Romexis.
Now in our previous lesson, we looked at importing DICOM files and I talked a little bit about the difference between multi-frame and single framed DICOMs but in case you missed that let me just recap. A multi-frame DICOM file simply means that all of those individual slices that are part of them itself have been wrapped inside or encapsulated in a master file, simplifying the access and transfer of this information. The single framed DICOM file conversely has a folder that contains every individual slice listed separately and in fact, it has all the patient data that's appended to that image on every single slice as well. So it's an older file structure it's a little bit more complicated because you do have to remember all of those slices but that's the difference between a single frame in a multi-frame DICOM.
So let's take a look at exporting for just a moment we got a couple of different options. Let's just go ahead and open up this example and as we do so we'll take a look at how we're going to export this data. So quickly reading that from my server and you can see that's a very nice cone beam CT. We're going to access export volume from our drop down menu or output menu bar and of course, you could also export from here as well so you got a couple of different locations you can access this particular function but again we’ll select export volume and whenever we do that we see that we get a lot of different export options.
Frankly, you need to be very careful to export what it is that you want and not export what you don't want and think about what all these things mean. Now as far as whether we're going to do a multi-frame or a set of single frame DICOM files that really gets back to again where is the data going to be used. Most of the modern systems will be able to take a multi-frame DICOM but if you happen to be working with a particular a provider you may find that their system or their software will only import single frame or set of single frame DICOMs, and that's something that you'll need to know. To be safe if you're not sure I would suggest you do use single frame because virtually every system can read that is just a little more complicated to import it but we're going to use a multi-frame for this example and in addition to that we’re going to leave our resolution at the original resolution you can also dumb it down if you will. Normally you'd want to leave that and I'd like to leave my original orientation but look down here we got an option to anonymize. This would be useful if you’re going to use this as a teaching example or if you're trying to avoid any HIPAA violations when transmitting this electronically. So we do have that option as well you.
You can also burn in the nerves and implants. You can include nerves and implants if you wish. Then you're going to choose where you want to export the volume to a folder, a disk image, a CD or DVD, or as a new image to the database. Most often you're probably going to use a folder or CD or DVD.
Then if you would like to allow the recipient to view this without having any external software whatsoever, of course, you would include the viewer. If we select “include viewer” then we can also decide whether we want to use or offer Mac OS platform or Windows 64-bit or 32-bit platform. To be safe you can simply leave this selected is all platforms and that way your recipient will have every viewer that might be required in order to view this.
Then once we decided how we want to export and what we want to ask for it then we're going to choose where we want to export and that's selected through this reveal button here and you can just pick the area that you would like to export to and we'll just go to the desktop and put a folder example just to show you but you could just as easily put this inside of a jump drive.
OK so we got that and now we’ll give the file a name and then click okay. Now that will run and once it's finished running it will contain the files in the location that I've just stipulated. Very, very simple and now you can see it's already completed and this can be used by another colleague as you see fit.
Alex Touchstone, DDS, FICOI, is a recognized pioneer in chairside dental CAD/CAM technology — and one of the most sought-after educators in digital dentistry. He is the founder of LearnDigitalDentistry.com which provides interactive online training courses for dental professionals all over the world. He holds several U.S. and international patents and also shares his ideas through lectures and hands-on courses. Dr. Touchstone practices dentistry at Touchstone Dentistry in Hattiesburg, MS.