Server

Will SonicDICOM PACS work with my computer?

A server PC needs Windows OS which can operate Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1. to install SonicDICOM PACS.

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

HTML5-Based DICOM Viewer of SonicDICOM PACS needs only a modern browser such as Google Chrome、Mozilla Firefox、Microsoft Edge and others.
If there is an environment which can use web browser, you can access the DICOM Viewer from anywhere in the network.
A web browser does not need other software or not need to install additional plug-in at all.

Which modalities are supported by SonicDICOM PACS?

SonicDICOM PACS supports the following modalities.

  • Computed Radiography (CR)
  • Digital X-Ray (DX)
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic Resonance (MR)
  • Positron Emission Tomography PET-CT (PT)
  • Mammography (MG)
  • Ultrasound (US)
  • Endscope (ES)
  • X-Ray Angiographic (XA)
  • Radio Fluoroscopy (RF)
  • Nuclear Medicine (NM)
  • Radiation Therapy (RT)
  • Secondary Capture (SC)

SonicDICOM PACS can handle the following types of DICOM images.

  • Monochromatic (e.g. CR, CT, MR) and color (e.g. US, 3D reconstructions)
  • Static images (e.g. CR, CT, MG) and dynamic sequences (e.g. US, XA)
  • Uncompressed and compressed (RLE Lossless, JPEG Lossy, JPEG Lossless, JPEG 2000 Lossy, JPEG 2000 Lossless)

Please refer to the DICOM Conformance Statement for technical details.

Can I carry over the data from the PACS I am currently using to SonicDICOM PACS?

You can carry over existing data easily by using the importing function.
An importing function enables you to carry over your existing data easily to SonicDICOM PACS.
There are two methods to import DICOM files to SonicDICOM PACS.

1) Use an importing function of SonicDICOM Manager.
2) Log in to the DICOM Viewer of SonicDICOM PACS by using web browser, then drag DICOM files and drop them on Worklist screen.

In case that you have many files or a large total capacity of files, we recommend the method 1) which is using SonicDICOM Manager.

Can I connect the DICOM Viewer I am currently using to SonicDICOM PACS?

A DICOM Server of SonicDICOM PACS can connect to a third party DICOM Viewer.
However, this DICOM Viewer needs to be compliant with DICOM standard and needs to have Study Root Query/Retrieve or Patient Root Query/Retrieve.
Regarding technical details, please see DICOM Conformance Statement.

Regarding how to connect a DICOM Viewer to a DICOM Server of SonicDICOM PACS, please refer to To connect the DICOM viewer.

If it cannot connect well, please refer to FAQs below as well.

Cannot view or import DICOM file correctly.

To solve this problem, it needs to analyze a DICOM file which has a problem.
First of all, please attach a DICOM file to email, or please upload the file to Google Drive, Dropbox, and other online storage service to share with us.
We will start an investigation once we receive a DICOM file, and solve the problem as soon as possible.
Our email address is sonic@sonicdicom.com.

Failed to communication between SonicDICOM PACS and modalities.

It is assumed that there are various causes in this case.
Causes would be in DICOM files, a DICOM communication, modalities, a network, and also SonicDICOM PACS.
First of all, please attach a DICOM file which cannot be sent and a log file of SonicDICOM PACS to email, or please upload them to Google Drive, Dropbox, and other online storage service to share with us.
A log file should have been created with a name as “status.log” in the directory which was specified with SonicDICOM Manager (Log Path).
We will start an investigation once we receive files, and solve the problem as soon as possible.
Our email address is sonic@sonicdicom.com.

Can I increase the operating speed of SonicDICOM PACS by using different devices?

SonicDICOM PACS’s minimum hardware requirements are as follows.

  • 1 GHz or faster processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 5 GB of available hard disk space

However, this is not the optimum hardware configuration.
You can read about our recommended hardware configuration in the knowledge base.

SonicDICOM PACS is very fast now, but will it the system slow down when the number of studies increases?

Performance will slow down as the number of studies increases, though it depends on the environment.
The biggest cause for this change is the database.

By default, SonicDICOM PACS uses a database system that is compact and easy to deal with, called “Microsoft SQL Server Compact Edition”.
By upgrading from “Microsoft SQL Server Compact Edition” to “Microsoft SQL Server 2014”, you can dramatically improve the system’s performance; this difference is especially clear after the number of studies has increased.
There are several editions of “Microsoft SQL Server 2014”, but the “Express Edition” is free.
So, we recommend that you start with using the free “Express Edition”.
Upgrades to other editions is easier if you have installed the “Express Edition” first.
If you ever notice that the system is performing much worse all of the sudden, we suggest that you consider upgrading to the “Standard Edition”.
Please contact Microsoft directly for any questions and concerns about Microsoft products such as the “Microsoft SQL Server”.

If you are upgrading the database used by SonicDICOM PACS from “Microsoft SQL Server Compact Edition” to “Microsoft SQL Server 2014”, please refer to the knowledge base for reference.