The EUPHORIA project aims at bringing optoacoustic imaging into the clinics. Early transition to an established data format is key for clinical imaging interconnectivity and therefore part of the transition to a commercial product.

Recently, the project made a big step forward in a two-day workshop that was organised at the iThera Medical premises in Munich.  Participants from Rayfos and iThera Medical, consulted by experts from Softgate defined the DICOM data structure to ensure seamless integration into the clinical workflow. DICOM is the common data standard for medical imaging.

From RayFos, colleagues Vassilis Sarantos and  Nomikos Antoniadis joined the workshop. From iThera Medical, Stefan Morscher, Ingmar Thiemann, Ratko Petrovic, Elena Mercep, and Tobias Bichlmaier participated.

Vassilis Sarantos, Chief Technical Officer at Rayfos commented, “The most important take-aways of the 2-day event were that:

  1. DICOM can fully support the archiving requirements that are needed for the EUPHORIA clinical study and,
  2. The fastest route to share the diagnostic information generated by the Acuity System will be to use the encapsulated PDF format for our reports, which is a format widely supported by all DICOM – PACS systems and viewers.

DICOM compatibility and connectivity is an integral part of every modern imaging system. The workshop set the right basis that will guarantee that the EUPHORIA-developed system will fully integrate and collaborate flawlessly with the existing and future infrastructure used in the diagnosis of IBD and other conditions, where OA imaging may provide superior imaging capabilities in comparison to existing imaging modalities.”

Ingmar Thiemann, Lead Project Manager QM/RA at iThera said, “With DICOM compatible imaging data, our customers are enabled to transfer and store MSOT Acuity data within the existing clinical infrastructure. It also supports the management of risks around general data access, as well as those related to cybersecurity.”