Technical Manual


Purpose

The technical manual is here for those who wish to build upon or alter the implementation of the MIND code. If you are not a technically trained individual, the User Manual may be a better place for you to start, as you may come across numerous terms in the tech manual that may be unfamiliar to you. If you are a technically trained individual, please enjoy our technical manual and feel free to critize our design and implementation.

Overview

There is a standard medical image communications protocol known as DICOM. The MR, CT, and other medical imaging devices at UNC "speak dicom" and there exists a central archive system that supports queries and retrieves. In order to access this archive, doctors must use a public domain library, CTN, in order to access the database. While providing a solid starting point, this library lacks needed functionality in several areas. One obvious point is that patient data can only be accessed at the "study" level. A study can, and regularly does, consist of close to 300 DICOM files, containing approximately 700 fields apiece. CTN itself is very difficult to configure and use. The goal of the MIND (mind is not DICOM) project is to create a more usable and advanced interface for the retrieval and navigation of data utilizing the standard medical image communications protocol. MIND's aim is to create a system equivalent in functionality to CTN but accessible to all users.

System Requirements :
MIND is designed to function under the Microsoft Windows operating system as well as Xwindows.