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CSimport is a data management utility that also serves as launcher for software applications that are part of the Cedars-Sinai Cardiac Suite.
The program maintains a local database of medical images that can be imported from a variety of sources, and provides the user with an array of data management options. In addition, the user can select folders or datasets to be passed to the cardiac quantification programs AutoQUANT, QGS, QPS, or QBS. CSimport can also be used to launch QARG, the front-end to the ARG reporting system.
When distributed by Philips Medical Systems as part of the AutoQUANT MD package, CSimport is referred to as the AutoQUANT MD Data Browser.
CSimport offers the following features:
- Local database of images
Images are stored either in their native format or in a compressed proprietary format. As a new feature in version 3.0, conversion options are permanently established as import settings profiles to promote consistent import policies.
- Multiple image import options
Images can be imported directly from a local disk (hard disk, CD, USB thumb drive, etc.) or a disk mapped from a remote host. Images can also be imported from remote Philips Pegasys or Odyssey systems, FTP servers, and DICOM Query/Retrieve servers such as Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). Version 3.0 introduces DICOM query filters, providing a more efficient method to query.
A separate DICOM Store Service Class Provider (SCP) service is installed that allows images to be pushed from DICOM-compliant remote systems. CSimport provides service management and configuration options.
- Flexible data management
Starting with version 3.0, CSimport allows the user to maintain an arbitrary hierarchy of folders to store the data, as opposed to the fixed two-level patient/datasets hierarchy of previous versions. This means, for instance, that a user can create a folder for teaching cases with subfolders for specific pathologies and copy or move studies in the appropriate folder. Folders and datasets can also be flagged with a color, with tags, and with extended comments, all of which can be searched for across the entire image database (in addition to folder/patient name, MRN, study description, etc.) The current folder view can also be filtered on-the-fly by using a filter bar at the top of the data browser. Version 3.0 also introduces extended folder and dataset header editors.
- Application launcher
In CSimport 3.0, the user can select data at any level and launch an application. Select datasets to process a few images, or select multiple studies to load multiple SPECT, PET, and/or CT datasets and perform serial comparisons. No need to drill down into lower levels of the folder hierarchy, just select the study folders and launch the desired application.
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Information regarding the availability of CSimport can be found here.