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DICOMDIR Parser

version 1.1.0.0 (3.8 KB) by Jadrian Miles
Automatically generates a parse tree from a DICOMDIR file, for easy non-interactive processing.

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Updated 26 May 2010

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A DICOMDIR file describes a collection of (usually cryptically-named) DICOM medical image files and contains rich metadata for these images. Given the path to a DICOMDIR file, this function parses the file and generates a tree of the metadata.

Syntax:
- patient = parseDicomdir(fname);

Arguments:
- fname (string): the filename for a DICOMDIR file.

Returns:
- patient (cell array of structs): the root of a metadata tree with the following levels of nodes: patient, study, series, image. Each node is a struct, with an "info" field containing all the metadata as stored in the DICOMDIR file and another field, named for the next deeper level of nodes, that is a cell array of node structs.

Examples:
After calling the function,
- metadata for the i-th image in the j-th series in the k-th study for the l-th patient described by this DICOMDIR is
patient{l}.study{k}.series{j}.image{i}.info;
- metadata for the k-th study for the l-th patient is
patient{l}.study{k}.info;
- the birth date for the l-th patient is
patient{l}.info.PatientBirthDate;
- the date of the k-th study for the l-th patient is
patient{l}.study{k}.info.StudyDate;
- the description of the j-th series in the k-th study for the l-th patient is
patient{l}.study{k}.series{j}.info.SeriesDescription;
- the relative path from the DICOMDIR file to the actual image file for the i-th image in the j-th series in the k-th study for the l-th patient is
patient{l}.study{k}.series{j}.image{i}.info.ReferencedFileID;

Note that this relative path may be formatted using a path separator different from the one used on your system. For example, if the DICOMDIR was generated on a Windows machine but you're on Linux or Mac OS X,
strrep(patient{l}.study{k}.series{j}.image{i}.info.ReferencedFileID, '\', pathsep)
will give you a properly-formatted relative path, which you can then use as an argument to the fullfile() function to create an absolute path.

The zip file also includes copySeriesFromDicomdir.m, a script that uses parseDicomdir() to copy all images that belong to series matching a certain regular expression to a chosen destination directory.

Cite As

Jadrian Miles (2021). DICOMDIR Parser (https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/27740-dicomdir-parser), MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2009b
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux
Acknowledgements

Inspired by: DICOMDIR Reader

Inspired: dicomfolder, DICOMDir - OO dicom directory

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