Introduction

Viewer

The SmartPACS Viewer (Viewer) is a multi-modality viewer, which allows for the display and manipulation of medical images using an Internet/web browser. The Viewer displays patient studies and other patient data, but does not interpret or provide a diagnosis. The SmartPACS Viewer, when used on tablet devices, is not intended for primary diagnosis.

The application interface is designed to be simple and easy to understand. The application can be used from a desktop with a mouse interface or from a tablet with a touch interface. The application supports the same set of functionalities on both interfaces; however, the interface may differ slightly on a desktop compared to a tablet or a phone. For example, some of the commands on a touch interface are implemented with a multi-touch gesture rather than a button.

Navigation#

By default, the SmartPACS Viewer will open in a new browser tab. This allows you to switch back to the Study List.

You can also configure SmartPACS to open the Viewer in a new browser window or in the same browser tab. This configuration can be found in the System Settings.

Home Button

When the Viewer opens in the same browser tab, an additional Home button appears in the top left corner. Pressing this will take you back to the Study List.

Layout#

The SmartPACS Viewer is separated into three main sections. The Thumbnail Panel, the Viewport and the Toolbar.

Thumbnail Panel#

This is used to select the currently displayed image. It is organized by Study. Each Study can contain multiple Stacks. Stacks are made up of the images in a single Series within the study or the individual frames of a multi-frame Image such as CT or MR images. You can read more about the thumbnail in the Thumbnail Panel section.

Thumbnail Panel

Viewport#

This is the part of the screen where the selected images are displayed.

Viewport
note

The Viewport can be customized to display one or many images in many separate viewports withing the entire viewport space. See more here.

Toolbar#

The toolbar is where all tools that can be applied to the images are displayed. You can select which tools are displayed can be customized in the Viewer Setting. You can also customize the toolbar to have different tools depending on the modality being viewed.

Toolbar

Settings#

Viewer Settings Button

The Settings tools will open up the Viewer Settings where you can customize the viewer.

Help#

Viewer Help Button

The Help tool can be found throughout the Viewer. Pressing the Help button will open the Help drop down. From here you can choose Training, Support Portal, or Feedback.

Training#

Training Button

This will bring you to the website you are currently reading.

Support Portal#

Support Portal Button

This will take you to the Sound Customer Support Help Portal.

Feedback#

Feedback Button

This will take you to the SmartPACS UserVoice website where you can make suggestions on how to improve the software and see what features and improvements other users have suggested.

tip

We develop this software for you the user. Without your feedback we could not continue to improve SmartPACS. We are always taking suggestions for new features and improvement we can make. If you have an idea, please, don't hesitate to let us know!

Browser Support#

HTML5 browser support is required to operate the Viewer. If the user attempts to use an unsupported browser, the Viewer will notify the user that the browser is not supported and will not display any images.

SmartPACS has been tested to work with the following browsers:

  • Chrome 86.0.4240.185
  • Chrome 87.0.4280.66
  • Edge 86.0.622.69
  • Firefox 82.0.3
  • Firefox 83.0
  • Safari 14.0.1

DICOM Support#

The Viewer supports CR, CT, DX, HC, IVUS, MR, NM, OP, OPT, OT, PT, SC, US, and XA.

The Viewer supports the following Transfer Syntaxes:

  • Implicit VR Little Endian (1.2.840.10008.1.2)
  • Explicit VR Little Endian (1.2.840.10008.1.2.1)
  • JPEG Lossless, Non-Hierarchical, First-Order Prediction (Process 14) (1.2.840.10008.1.2.4.70)
  • JPEG Baseline (Process 1) (1.2.840.10008.1.2.4.50)
  • JPEG 2000 Image Compression (Lossless Only) (1.2.840.10008.1.2.4.90)
  • JPEG 2000 Image Compression (1.2.840.10008.1.2.4.91)

The Viewer supports the following Photometric Interpretations:

  • MONOCHROME1
  • MONOCHROME2
  • YBR_FULL
  • RGB
caution

The viewer will time out after 15 minutes. When this happens, any action that needs to communicate with the server, will take you back to the study list.