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Press Release: German Radiological Society certifies first products writing patient media at European Congress of Radiology, March 7, 2008


At the upcoming European Congress of Radiology (ECR 2008, Vienna, March 7-11), the German Radiological Society (DRG) will for the first time grant certificates to manufacturers of products which create media containing patient information in accordance with recommendations issued by the DRG. These certificates are expected to guide German doctors in their search for a good way of burning a patient's diagnostic images onto a CD. Because of the interest for other societies both in Europe and abroad, an English version of the system is in preparation.

Diagnostic images such as X-ray photographs or tomographic images are nowadays very often produced digitally and may be stored, processed, and communicated electronically. When patients are referred to another doctor or want to keep copies of their own medical images, these images are often burned onto a CD, a so-called patient CD. This is a simple and cheap way of transporting original diagnostic-quality images.

Unfortunately, recipients of such CDs in many cases still run into problems when trying to retrieve and display the images.

DRG patient CD project at ECR 2008
Certificate awarding at ECR 2008
from left to right: Dr. Jörg Riesmeier (OFFIS e.V.), PD Dr. Elmar Kotter (Vorsitzender der DRG @GIT), Dr. Andreas Knopke (Image Information Systems Ltd.), Dr. Arpad Bischof (Image Information Systems Ltd.), Mark Rawanschad (Cerner Deutschland GmbH), Prof. Dr. Peter Mildenberger (DRG @GIT), Prof. Dr. Michael Laniado (Präsident der DRG)

This may happen because many surgeries and hospitals are not well-equipped for handling patient CDs, but also because the disks are produced by different tools in different formats and may contain errors. This problem is tackled by the DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) standard. DICOM is used world-wide as a comprehensive standard for medical imaging and also regulates the production of patient-image disks. If there are problems reading the images from disk, it's very often because the relevant standard has been ignored or misinterpreted.

The German Radiological Society has brought up a solution to this problem in collaboration with OFFIS (Oldenburg Research and Development Institute for Information Technology Tools and Systems), which is an independent institute with many years of DICOM experience. They offer a manual on how to handle patient CDs and have developed a specification for the format of such disks, based on the DICOM standard and the recommendations of the IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) initiative. Manufacturers of tools for writing patient CDs are invited to subject their products to independent, intensive testing for compliance with the DRG's specification. Upon successful completion of these tests, the manufacturer is granted by the DRG a certificate which may be used in advertising.

The first (world-wide) of the DRG's certificates for manufacturers of patient CD writing tools will be granted on March 7, 2008 to
  • IMAGE Information Systems Ltd. (London) for their product iQ-VIEW / iQ-LITE 2.5 and to
  • CERNER Deutschland GmbH (Herzogenrath) for their product ProVision PACS 6.0
Other manufacturers' products are currently being tested and are expected to further increase the number of certified tools in the German market.

More information on the German Radiological Society's certification project and a list of all certificates granted may be obtained from the web page

The certificates will be handed over at the German Radiological Society's booth in the Austria Center, Vienna, on Friday, March 7, 2008.

OFFIS, Oldenburg
Michael Onken
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