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DICOM image viewing enhances patient communication

A better approach

A key element of the HCI approach to better patient care is integration with hospital DICOM systems (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine). DICOM image viewing systems on hospital whiteboards include the standard imaging types, such as CT, PET, x-ray, MRI and ultrasound. But with the HCI DICOM module, Care Teams have access to an accessible tool for standard-compliant, advanced visualization of all image types. Why is this important? Simply, providers can explain care issues to patients using visual support. That gives patients a deeper understanding of their care.

Patient-centered care

DICOM images provide families with greater insight into why certain treatments and procedures are necessary. Using the Patient Whiteboard, caregivers can discuss images with patients. This allows them to have a better understanding of their illness or injury. By engaging more fully in decisions regarding their care, patients are more likely to comply with their provider’s instructions[1], and that ultimately leads to better patient care.

Measurements and advanced elements on HCI DICOM Image Viewer scan.
Clinicians can view and manipulate angulations from image slices and see anatomical levels using pan and zoom, rotation, contrast and orientation options.
Scan of patient neck with annotation denoting patient concern.

DICOM Image Viewing app for collaboration and clinical support

The DICOM app provides hospitals with the tools they need to improve patient care. Clinicians can access DICOM images quickly and easily, letting them discuss treatment plans with colleagues using the Patient Whiteboard. They can even draw over images by simply touching the screen. Allowing patients and families to better understand their course of treatment increases trust. The app includes measurement data, downloadable reporting, angle and orientation shifts, contrast options, and image inversion.


The HCI DICOM image viewing app is part of MediaCare smart room interoperability. HCI integrates this advanced imaging into MediaCare as an enhancement to our workflow automation solution. Because they have immediate access to patient scans and imaging, clinical staff save time and set up more effective communication with each other, patients and families. Finally, the app is a competitive advantage for hospitals challenged with the demands of healthcare consumerism with an engaging patient experience.

DICOM scan showing measurement angles for clinical review.

DICOM Image Viewing is just one of HCI’s many hospital system integrations to improve patient care.

Learn more about HCI DICOM Image Viewing to transform care delivery.