News | October 29, 2008

GE Offers Vendor-Neutral Course on DICOM Connectivity, Troubleshooting

October 28, 2008 – GE Healthcare has introduced a three-day “Essentials of DICOM” course for biomedical engineers, imaging technicians and hospital IT personnel, in response to customer demand for Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) education.

GE Healthcare is offering the vendor-independent DICOM course to all technical support personnel to help them install and configure new systems and improve workflow, as well as, troubleshoot issues related to medical image transmission throughout the healthcare enterprise. The course will also train on how to troubleshoot such DICOM issues as failed associations, lost images and loss of connectivity with devices on the network.

“The days when DICOM issues affect the radiology department alone are over,” said Michael Reed, GE Healthcare Education Services general manager. “If biomedical engineers, IT and radiology department professionals can troubleshoot issues related to DICOM image communication and imaging system connectivity, this will help the entire healthcare organization reduce downtime and streamline workflow at the point of care.”

The specific DICOM course objectives include:
- Identify the types of devices and their uses on a digital imaging network
- Understand digital imaging workflow and dataflow
- Identify where DICOM is used on a network
- Learn how to troubleshoot connectivity across the layers of the OSI model within an imaging network, and isolate network connectivity issues from DICOM configuration issues
- Learn how to use the DICOM standard as a reference
- Analyze common associations, including verify, store, store commit, print, query retrieve and modality performed procedure step
- Compare DICOM conformance statement to predict connectivity between devices
- Learn the configuration requirements for DICOM connectivity
Master the use of DICOM simulators, including DICOM Validation Toolkit (DVTK)
- Demonstrate proficiency in the recording, playback and analysis of the network sniffer, DICOM Validation Toolkit

For more information: www.gehealthcare.com/hcit

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