XDR-I - Detailed Proposal

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1. Proposed Workitem: XDR-I

  • Proposal Editor: Chris Lindop
  • Editor: Chris Lindop
  • Date: N/A (Wiki keeps history)
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  • Domain: Radiology

2. Summary

Currently, Imaging has no payload which would allow for the push of images outside of an enterprise environment. IHE ITI has a transport protocol called XDR which serves well for non-imaging payloads. It is compatible with the Security and Privacy protocols developed by the IHE ITI domain. The XDS-I.b protocol breaks the content profile into 2 components. The first component is designed essential as a notification of where to pull the content. Usage of the XDR transport protocol should not require this notification/pull architecture, but just the push model. It should remove the requirement for a source to be a cross enterprise source of Images.

The value for this capability would allow for a less sophisticated system to be a source of images. An XDR-I image source could be as low cost as a workstation. Additional value could be to use the XDR-I webservices as an XDS-I.b proxy with a regional XDS-I.b source. Currently, when an XDS-I.b Image Document Source provides & register images on behalf of a local facility, there is no mechanism to provide feedback to the originating source. This would allow for an XDS-I.b Image document source to use the response of the XDR transport services to provide success or failure status back to the originatting source of the images.

3. Key Use Case

The potential use cases can be fairly robust.

  1. A Clinical outpatient facility providing images to a shared image repository.

This is the case where a clinical facility with diagnostic imaging systems would like to provide an acquired image set to a shared image repository via reliable webservices messaging.

  1. Sending images and other clinical documents to a referring clinician without the use of CD media.

In this case, a clinical facility with diagnostic imaging systems may have additional documents (a Radiology Report, for example)and would like to provide the images and documents to a a referring physician via reliable webservices messaging.

  1. Connecting a Hospital or Clinical practice PACS to a Regional Repository that is an XDS-I.b Image Document Source.

As in the Canadian National Health Infoway Blueprint and other regional projects around the globe (UK-NHS, US-Image Exchange Projects, etc)


Just to name a few. The additional value add could include

  1. Submitting images for a clinical trial, Submitting Dose reports to a National registry.

In this case, a clinical facility with diagnostic imaging systems may have additional documents (a Radiology Report, for example)and would like to provide the images and documents to a a referring physician via reliable webservices messaging.


4. Standards and Systems

Existing Standards

  1. ITI XDR
  2. Rad XDS-I.b
  3. Soap 1.2
  4. DICOM

Existing Systems

  1. Workstations
  2. Acquisition Modalities
  3. PACS and Enterprise Archives
  4. Regional PACS and Archives
  5. Regional and Enterprise RIS

5. Discussion

Another group which would be interested in the development of this profile is WG 27. However, the expertise with the ITI profiles is with IHE. I do reccomend that IHE develops this profile for the Web services "push" of images in collaboration with WG 27.


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This fullfills a gap in the XDS-I.b current Canadian Health Inforway Blueprint. provides synergy


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Candidate Editor:

Chris Lindop


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