Gone are the days when dermatologists used to organize the clinical images of their patients under a hierarchy of folders with patient names and other details for easy retrieval. The disadvantages were too many: privacy issues with giving patient names to folders, loss of all context data when an image is removed from the folder, difficulty in backing up as the directory structure needs to be maintained and the search based on a particular diagnosis or treatment was extremely cumbersome. Here is an innovative solution to all these woes. I proudly present to the dermatology community: Dermatology Image Tagger (DIT). This is featured on DirectCapital.
What does DIT do?
There is space reserved in your pictures to add details such as aperture, exposure etc, which is used by your digital camera. This is invisible to you, but image viewers like picasa can read and display it to you. DIT removes what your camera has written, and substitutes it with the patient details that can be read or searched.
Does it alter my picture?
DIT does not alter the image, but alters only the metadata which you probably never knew existed. In any case, DIT saves a copy of your original images with the extension .bel and can revert to it if needed.
How does it alter my workflow?
You can collect all your images in one folder or one external drive. Open the image after adding it to your folder through DIT and set its tags. You can search the folder based on tags. (e.g. All psoriasis photos OR all laser photos OR photos of Mr smith).
What about my tags when I backup my images?
The tags are stored in the image itself. So when you backup your images to a new drive, the tags will be backed up automatically.
What image formats and platforms are supported?
Only JPEG is supported at present. The software is implemented in java, so it is cross platform (It will work on windows, mac, linux or whatever you use, provided java is installed. It usually will be, if not you can install java free)
How can I get a copy of DIT?
By downloading this software, you confirm that you have read the disclaimer below. You also confirm that you understand the need to safeguard your clinical photos and protect your patient’s privacy.
What else I need to know?
Now, this is very important. Once you tag your image, the file contains the details you entered. If you share this image with anyone even through facebook, they get to see it. I recommend not to use patient name as the ID tag, though this will be most convenient for search. Share photos responsibly if you are using DIT.
What is new in DIT Version 2.0?
The DIT version 2.0 introduces encryption of the tags. All tags are encrypted EXCEPT the Date tag. However your data may still be insecure and you are strongly adviced to take adequate precautions. Do not share or leave your clinical photos unattended. Search with DIT Version 2.0 may be little slower (compared to version 1)because of the overhead of encryption. Thumbnails added in Version 2.5 (current).
What does my password do?
The password is not for accessing the software or for viewing the photo. The tags are encrypted using your password. So you can read the tags only with the password you used to set the tags.
Special thanks to all those who participated in the engaging discussion on imaging standards for dermatology on DsB facebook group. This is just an offshoot of the much bigger DicoDerm initiative. A special thanks to Dr Feroze K for initiating the discussion on exif that led me to DIT!
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|Release date:||November 3, 2015|
|Last updated:||August 25, 2014|