Dicom Toolkit for reading dicom files to SimpleITK images
# SimpleDicomToolkit Builds a sqlite3 database for all dicom files in a folder. Dicom files can be quickly found by searching dicom fields. Finally (some) images and image volumes can be read directly. SimpleDicomToolkit provides a clean pythonic interface for handling a large collection of dicom files
build or load database:
`python db = SimpleDicomToolkit(path='/mydicomfolder') `
database have to be build only once. The database is saved to a file and automatically loaded next time. SimpleDicomToolkit will search every time for new folders within the specified path and add them to the database. Removed files from the path will be deleted from the database as well on subsequent loading.
query the database:
`python db = db.select(PatientName='MyPatient', StudyDescription='MyStudy') `
This will select all dicom files that match above specified PatientName and Study Name. Any valid dicom filed can be used to query/select the files.
`python db.files and db.files_with_fullpath `
Will give a list of currently selected files from the database with the relative and fullpath to these files. If no selection is made it will give a list of all files.
`python db.selection `
Will return the currently used filter for selecting the files.
`python db.reset() `
Will remove the current selection filter
`python db.SeriesDescription `
Will give a list of (unique) SeriesDescriptions for the current selection. This works for all dicom fields (PatientName, StudyDescription, etc.)
## Reading images
`python myscript(db.files_with_path) `
You can use your own script to read the dicom files by passing the filenames of the current selection.
`python db.image `
In addition after selecting a single dicom series, this may return a SimpleITK a image. It probably works for CT, PET, SPECT, and planar imaging and might work for MRI.
`python db.array `
Will return a numpy array for the given selection.
## Advanced usage
`python db = SimpleDicomToolkit(path='/mydicomfolder', scan=False) ` Will load a currently stored database, but will not scan for new files.
`python db = SimpleDicomToolkit(path='/mydicomfolder', force_rebuild=True) `
Will remove existing database and rebuild the database from scratch
`python db = SimpleDicomToolkit(path='/mydicomfolder', in_memory=True) `
Do not create a database file, but only create a temporary database in memory. Database will not be saved.
`python db = SimpleDicomToolkit(path='/myfolder', SUV=True) `
Will convert images to SUV when using db.image and db.array. This works probably for Siemens PET and may or may not work for other vendors due to possible different dicom implementations of SUV values.
`python db.reset('SeriesDescription') `
Will only remove the specified dicom field from the current selection.
Small databases up to 10GB should take a couple of minutes to build and can be accessed within seconds after build. Database up to 100GB work quite well, but performance on Windows is much better than linux/macos. sqlite3 is better optimized for Windows it seems. Due to very poor (none at all) database design, databases over 100GB can be very slow to access. SimpleDicomToolkit is primarily intended to be used for relatively small projects.
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