This tutorial should guide you in a few steps how to create extraordinary interactive Radiology cases on Radiolopolis.
We try to make it as easy as possible so that even less computer experienced users may benefit from this unique feature.
The first part of this tutorial explains how to prepare the image stacks and the second part explains how to add them to your case portfolio.
Step 1: Preparing the image stacks:
Virtually every modern PACS system/viewing software provides a "save" or "export" function and allows to export one or multiple images as JPG files. Please select all the files of that particular series you would like to export and save them in a dedicated folder as JPG files.
This folder should contain ONLY the image files. Again: The images need to be in JPG format (with file extension ".jpg"). Figure 1 shows an example folder - called "dummy folder".
Figure 1: Save your images as JPG files in a dedicated folder (here named "dummy folder").
It is not absolutely critical how you labeled your images (either numerical or mixture of text and numbers), but it is preferred to label them numerically (e.g. 1001.jpg, 1002.jpg, 1003.jpg etc. - see figure 1). We put a lot of work into the program to make it easy for you and to automate the conversion process. We tested it in multiple scenarios (different labeling of the files) and there should be no problem. However, if you have any problems please post your experience in our support forum (link provided at the bottom).
The image stack file should be provided by zipping all images of that particular stack altogether within ONE single zip file.
On Windows systems you can easily zip an entire folder by a) moving with the mouse pointer over the folder, b) right mouse click and c) selecting "Send to" and selecting "Compressed (zipped) folder". See Figure 2 for an example (with our "dummy folder").
Figure 2: Zip an entire folder by a) moving with the mouse pointer over the folder, b) right mouse click and c) selecting "Send to" and selecting "Compressed (zipped) folder".
Figure 3 demonstrates the newly created zip file of our "dummy folder".
Figure 3: The newly created zip file of our "dummy folder" (red arrow).
This was part 1! The next step describes how to upload your image stack.
Step 2: Uploading the image stacks:
This is the easy part!
Go to your case you have created on Radiolopolis. Click on the "Upload Image Stack" button in the admin area of your case (see figure 4).
Figure 4: To upload an image stack for your case, click on the "Upload Image Stack" button in the admin area of your case (red arrow). Hold your mouse pointer over a button for a few seconds and it will tell you the function of that button.
After clicking the stack upload button, a new window appears (figure 5). This new window contains the upload form. Select the appropriate file from your computer - in this case we select our "dummy folder.zip" file (figure 6). For better categorization purposes and educational value, please also provide some information about modality, plane/projection, and also a stack description (figure 7).
Figure 5: After clicking the stack upload button, a new window appears containing the upload form. Please select your file from your computer and additional information such as image modality etc. To select the file from your computer, click the "Browse button".
Figure 6: After clicking the "Browse" button (on windows systems), an additional window appears from which you may select the zip file with your image stack (here in example the "dummy folder.zip" file).
Figure 7: For better categorization and to increase the educational value of your case, we ask you to provide some basic information about that image stack (e.g. modality, etc.).
After you entered all necessary information, please click on the "Upload File!" button. This will start the upload process and the dynamic progress bar (figure 8) indicates how far the upload has progressed. Please be patient because the upload progress depends on your files size and also on your internet connection. Please do NOT refresh the browser window or go back in your browser because this might erase all the information you have provided.
Figure 8: The dynamic progress bar indicates how far the upload has progressed.
After the file has been successfully uploaded - that's all work for you! The server processes the information, converts the files in the appropriate format and creates the interactive features automatically. You may now go back to your case (figure 10) or view instantly your uploaded image stack (figure 11).
Figure 9: After the file has been uploaded you may watch the interactive image stack immediately or go back to your case.
Figure 10: After you have uploaded an image stack, a new thumbnail appears on your case site, labeled "Image Stack". By clicking on that thumbnail you open the interactive stack viewer (see figure 11).
The interactive stack viewer provides a tool bar with the viewing functions, including window/level, magnify, pan and scroll functions.
Figure 11: Screenshot of the interactive stack viewer. In the right lower corner of the viewer you may access the tool bar with the viewing functions (red arrow)
Please see also the tutorials how to use these interactive image stacks and cases:
Tutorial: The stack viewer
Tutorial: The PRO stack viewer
For questions, suggestions and bug reports, please post them in the Radiolopolis forum
Enjoy the interactive teaching files!