Why choose DICOM monitoring with PRTG
- How to use the DICOM standard for working with medical data?
- Use DICOM in most medical fields
- Benefits of using DICOM standards
- Ensure the quality of patient diagnosis by monitoring DICOM services
- Choose the best system for DICOM data monitoring
- Easily configure DICOM sensors to suit your needs
- Monitor DICOM data safely with PRTG
- How to display channels for the sensor?
- Access multiple channels with Paessler PRTG Network Monitor DICOM sensors
- FAQ about DICOM monitoring
How to use the DICOM standard for working with medical data?
- Define how data is exchanged, how and where it is stored and archived, and how it is retrieved in the Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS) using the services provided by DICOM.
- Specify how documents and images are sent to PACS using the storage service.
- Standardize the way you print images from different devices and define how your print output will look with a print service.
- Exchange text reports in common formats such as XML.
- Get schedule information and other procedure data with the Modality Worklist service.
Use DICOM in most medical fields
You can use the DICOM standard for most types of medical imaging: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), mammography, and ultrasound.
DICOM is useful in almost every field of medicine: cardiology, dentistry, radiation therapy, dermatology, dentistry, ophthalmology, safety, clinical trials, pathology, compliance, web technology, and veterinary medicine.
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Benefits of using DICOM standards
Quality control and compliance
Modality Performed Procedure Step (MPPS) provides compliance and quality control. DICOM enumerates the meaning of some data in order to comply with the standard.
DICOM services optimize treatment planning, exposure duration, and accurate workflow reporting.
Obtaining information for diagnostics
DICOM datasets provide important information about the patient, their examination results, the equipment used, the clinicians and equipment operators involved, and the scope of the examination. This is very convenient and useful for diagnostic purposes.
Ensuring data accuracy
There is a single point for data entry, ensuring the data's accuracy. Data collectors can make decisions based on the accurate information provided by MPPS messages.
MPPS messages also convey exceptions and error messages and automatically alert other systems and users of errors.
Automation of administration processes
MPPS allows you to automatically bill and manage inventory based on information about consumables.
Ensure the quality of patient diagnosis by monitoring DICOM services
Keep your DICOM services up and running with performance metrics that can be obtained by monitoring DICOM transactions.
Monitor DICOM in real time, track metrics trends over time and create performance and activity baselines for your DICOM environment.
With DICOM services monitoring, you can get information about some of the most commonly encountered problems, such as system errors and interrupts, association failures, response interruptions, and network problems. You can also determine the causes of problems. This could be a network issue or a problem with the DICOM configuration.
Check if the DICOM device can process the C-STORE request and if your target system can respond to DICOM messages using the metrics obtained from monitoring DICOM data.
Make sure the images are correct and detailed with DICOM image monitoring so that the doctor can correctly diagnose.
Choose the best system for DICOM data monitoring
PRTG provides three sensors with which you can monitor all important aspects of your Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) system.
How PRTG defines sensors
In PRTG, “sensors” are the basic monitoring elements. One sensor usually monitors one measured value in your network, e.g. the traffic of a switch port, the CPU load of a server, the free space of a disk drive. On average you need about 5-10 sensors per device or one sensor per switch port.
DICOM Bandwidth Sensor
Use the DICOM Bandwidth sensor to test the picture archiving and communications system (PACS). Monitor bandwidth usage and check if the DICOM device can handle the C-STORE request.
DICOM C-ECHO Sensor
Monitor the availability of DICOM systems and devices with the DICOM C-ECHO sensor by sending C-ECHO requests to the target system. Verify that the DICOM handshake is in progress and that your target system is capable of responding to DICOM messages.
DICOM Query/Retrieve Sensor
Monitor the C-FIND capabilities of DICOM systems and devices with a DICOM Query/Retrieve sensor that sends a C-FIND or Modality Worklist (MWL) request to the target device and counts all found items. Use search levels to set the sensor to only count certain items such as patient, study, series, and worklist.
Easily configure DICOM sensors to suit your needs
After creating DICOM sensors, you can use automatic settings or change them manually. PRTG provides the ability to customize DICOM connections and sensors to suit your needs.
- To initialize a DICOM connection, enter the calling Application Entity Title of both PRTG and the target system.
- Enter the DICOM interface port to be used for the connection.
- Enter the timeout in seconds for the request.
- Set the number of C-ECHO requests that the sensor sends in a row in one scanning
- Enter the time in milliseconds that the sensor waits between two C-ECHO requests.
- Define the search level of the C-FIND query (patient, study, series, worklist) and, if necessary, the search key or field to filter.
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Monitor DICOM data safely with PRTG
PRTG ensures the security of data transmission over the network when you use a DICOM sensor for your DICOM data management and monitoring. In addition, it includes other security mechanisms to protect against potential attacks.
Be sure that your DICOM data is safe and secure with the following PRTG security features:
- SSL encryption (HTTPS, TLS, Elliptic Curve Cryptography, Perfect Forward Secrecy).
- Using an RSA certificate with 2048 bits.
- The ability to allow or deny connections from specific IP addresses only.
- Protection against cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.
- Individual access rights for each user account and for each user group.
- Protection against directory traversal attacks and SQL injection attacks.
- Protecting script files from being edited by unauthorized users.
- Secure storage of passwords.
- Prevent unauthorized access to PRTG and protect the PRTG web interface from potential phishing attacks with a logout and reauthentication mechanism.
Access multiple channels with Paessler PRTG Network Monitor DICOM sensor
Gain access to multiple metrics of DICOM service performance with the DICOM sensors of PRTG.
- C-STORE throughput of uploaded files.
- Response time to a C-STORE request.
- The total size of the C-STORE files being sent.
- Sensor idle time percentage.
- Average response time to a C-ECHO request.
- Maximum response time for a C-ECHO request.
- Minimum response time for a C-ECHO request.
- Average query input time.
- The maximum time to enter a request.
- Minimum request entry time.
- The total number of items found.
- The total time for a C-FIND request or an MWL request.
With this data, you can analyze the health of your system, optimize workflows, and identify and fix problems.
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FAQ about DICOM monitoring
DICOM is an international standard that defines the protocols used to exchange medical images and data in healthcare systems.
In addition, DICOM performs other functions:
- Captures and processes medical images.
- Defines file formats for managing data.
- Helps manage workflows in image capture processes.
The DICOM standard provides the following services, among others:
- The store service specifies how images and documents are sent to PACS.
- The print service standardizes the way images are printed from various devices and defines the presentation of the print output.
- The Modality worklist service allows the modality to receive information about the schedule of the procedure and also includes information about what was actually done during the image acquisition stage, not just what was scheduled on the work list.
DICOM monitoring provides a holistic view of your healthcare infrastructure that no PACS administrator can do.
With DICOM monitoring, you can perform a number of important actions:
- Check if the interfaces are transferring and storing medical images correctly.
- Check the functionality of your interfaces, for example between PACS and modalities or PACS and physician workstations.
- Verify that there are no problems accessing patient information.
- Detect PACS-related issues immediately. For example, when it doesn't work or is slow, or when images can't be saved successfully for some reason.
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