Building an anonymized catalogued radiology museum in PACS: a feasibility study

A P Toms, B Kasmai, S Williams, P Wilson

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The aim of this study was to test the feasibility of a software application that would allow the anonymization and cataloguing of whole DICOM datasets in order to build searchable radiology museums within PACS. The application was developed on a dedicated networked PC, using C# and HL7 coding. Whole DICOM datasets were pushed from PACS to a networked PC on which the application, Museum Builder, was developed. Museum Builder works by replacing the patient specific data (the forename, surname and hospital number) within each header of each DICOM file with terms from anatomical and surgical sieve menus. The date of birth is anonymized to 1 January of the same year. Whole DICOM datasets comprising hundreds of images can be anonymized and catalogued in a single episode. Museum Builder primes PACS with an HL7 script to receive a "new" patient. DICOM datasets are then pushed back to PACS where they are added to the database as "new" cases. The museum cases can then be searched for, on PACS, by any combination of terms that correspond to appropriate anatomical units, surgical sieve headings or radiological specialty. New radiology reports containing clinical histories, radiological descriptions, differential diagnoses and discussion can be added through the report window. Our institution has developed and used this tool to generate a PACS based radiology museum containing not only full DICOM datasets, but also relevant histological and clinical photographs. In conclusion, this technique offers a mechanism for generating anonymized catalogued radiology museums in PACS. Museum Builder represents a working prototype that demonstrates some of the archiving functions that are expected by teaching institutions from PACS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)666-671
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Radiology
Issue number944
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2006


  • Cataloging
  • Confidentiality
  • Data Display
  • Databases, Factual
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forms and Records Control
  • Humans
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized
  • Radiology Information Systems
  • Software

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