Basic Search

To search, enter your search criteria and press the Search button. The search results will be displayed in the Study List Table. Pressing the Clear button will remove all search criteria and show all the studies in the archive.

Basic Search OptionsThe Basic Search Options displays the most commonly used search fields. You can search by Patient Name, Patient ID, and Institution. These are case-insensitive. In addition, you can select a Date Range.

Date Range#

You can select a date range for the search. Clicking on the drop-down arrow for From Study Date will show a list of quick options.

Date Drop Down

You can select Today, Yesterday, This Week, This Month, Past 7 Days, and Past Month. Clicking inside the date field of the From Study Date or the To Study Date will display a calendar to select a date from.

Date Calendar

You can also manually type in a date in the YYYY-MM-DD format. Leaving the To Study Date empty will search up to Today.


Leaving the From Study Date field empty will perform an unbounded search which can take quite some time and consume a lot of system resources. It is not recommended.


You can use the wildcard characters . (also called dot) and * (also called star) in your search.

. will match a single character. For example .og will match both dog and fog but not grog.

* will match any number of characters. For example doc* will match doc and document but not dodo.

* at the end of a search value matches anything that starts the search value.

By default * is automatically added to the end of your search unless you have explicitly used it in your search.

* at the beginning and end of a search value matches anything that contains the search value. For example *or* will match both Morgan and Norman


When searching by Patient or Owner names, SmartPACS is able to match either first or last names. In order for SmartPACS to search both First Name and Last Name separately, the Name must be in valid DICOM Format. Valid DICOM format is <Last Name>^<First Name>. If the Name is not in this format, it appears to SmartPACS as a single value and will be searched as such. For example when searching by patient name for a patient named Bowman Folsom, the search pattern fol* will not find the patient. The search pattern *fol* will find the patient. If the Patient Name is formatted as Folsom^Bowman, the search pattern fol* will find the patient.