Enhancing DICOM connectivity

Enhancing DICOM connectivity

MDI Solutions have reached a milestone in the development of their MD Link Integration Engine software.  Along with the enhanced DICOM ‘plug-in’ adaptor, the MDI development team has built or enhanced a number of key features of MD Link over the last year, furthering its position as one of the most versatile and easy-to-use interface engines in healthcare.

Based on their ongoing work with Sectra (www.sectra.com) and the PACS migration project in Northern Ireland, MDI have enhanced their DICOM adaptor in MD Link to include worklist processing. Modality worklists can now be queried from a DICOM server based on attributes like modality type, date etc. The matched modality entries can be then output to a DICOM file and a HL7 order message can be constructed out of the DICOM file containing the modality entry.

MDI have also developed or enhanced other MD Link adaptors including:

  • Enhanced “ACK” scripts for HL7 Socket sending and receiving will allow users to connect to any engine that implements a custom version of the HL7 socket protocol.  Both raw byte-level and simple HL7 string-level script interfaces are provided
  • Complete HL7 versions 2.5.1 and 2.6 message definitions have been added
  • A rich set of date and time utility functions have been added; to facilitate the typical comparisons and manipulations of date-and time-stamps that are common in HL7 messages
  • The “transaction clean-up script” feature has been introduced, allowing for custom behaviour to be implemented in more complex solution routings.
  • External lookup tables are well supported via both the graphical datamapping or intermixed with Jython (Python for Java) code.  MD Link can now handle any kind of lookup table format with options that allow you to specify the delimiters, column positions, and escape characters of the table file

MDI Solutions continues to expand their capabilities integrating PACS and RIS, and plan to exhibit at this year’s RSNA conference in Chicago – http://www.rsna.org/.