[owncloud-devel] Viewing medical DICOM images with ownCloud

Aaron Boxer boxerab at gmail.com
Tue Jul 29 16:04:10 GMT 2014

Hi Klaas,

I appreciate your enthusiasm! Thanks.

I think this is the future for medical image/document management.

Of course, images are still stored mostly on PACS DICOM archives.
But it would be interesting to federate ownCloud with a PACS server:
images on ownCloud would be symlinks to the actual images on the PACS,
and clicking them would pull them down and display them. And ownCloud
could cache the images for a defined period of time, so performance would
be good
for the next view.

I have a lot of other ideas. But first, I need to figure out how to simply
display DICOM images.
I will look at the pdf viewer, that looks like it will be helpful


On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 3:29 AM, Klaas Freitag <freitag at owncloud.com> wrote:

> On 28.07.2014 17:03, Aaron Boxer wrote:
> >  I would like to store and view medical DICOM images on ownCloud.
> > DICOM images require a special viewer to view the files: I am currently
> > building a web viewer for DICOM.
> Very cool. This is a nice usecase where ownCloud shows its power as
> application development framework: In your DICOM app you wont have to
> care about stuff like user management, storage handling, the general web
> app stuff, versioning and so on, all provided by ownCloud.
> Especially ownClouds sharing capabilities will give your app so much
> benefit right away because the oC users can easily share interesting
> pictures with each other and ... asking for comments?
> That said, a comment feature would be a good addition for sharing in
> general: Stick a "post-it" to a shared file telling the sharer what you
> think.
> >
> > I am posting to see what would it would take to add this functionality:
> > when a user clicks a DICOM image ( with tag .dcm), they would see
> > a thumbnail picture of the image. When the user double clicks,
> > a new tab would be launched with the image name and some meta
> > data passed in as paramaters.
> I think that is basically a "viewer" functionality which should be not
> too hard to do. There are a couple of viewer apps around. Maybe the
> files_pdfviewer is a good example to start [1] to look into some code,
> but the server guys can maybe recommend a better example.
> I think this is an exciting idea, but I am biased because I used to work
> on a document management system for hospitals back in the days ;)
> have fun,
> Klaas
> [1] https://github.com/owncloud/files_pdfviewer
> >
> > Any thoughts or feedback on this would be very much appreciated.
> >
> > Also, is there any existing third party app that does something similar?
> >
> > Thanks!
> > Aaron
> >
> >
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