Compressing DICOM Files with LEADTOOLS

It’s easy to take compression for granted with the availability of cheap storage. Many of the common file formats used in many applications are intrinsically compressed as well, like JPEGs and PNGs. However, when you get into the Medical Imaging market and the prevalent DICOM file format, it is a very different ballgame. Like any good preschooler, you might be asking, “Why?”.

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Product Review: Updating 1980’s Technology with the Help of 2017’s Imaging Tools

While we can talk all day about how great LEADTOOLS is, it’s always meaningful to hear a review from an outside developer. Today, we’re sharing with you a review of our Advantage OCR Engine written by Jeffrey T. Fritz

I live in an older house that loves to bother me with the joys of home ownership and maintenance. Plumbing issues, strange electrical installation choices, and a 30-year-old furnace that burns oil. At first, the oil burner wasn’t a big deal because this meant I wasn’t paying for an electric heater. However, it did mean that my basement had a huge oil tank hiding in it that would need to be refilled on a regular basis during the cold winters. That shouldn’t be a problem… but I would never know the level of the oil in the tank unless I wandered down to the basement on a regular basis and checked the level by reading an old gauge mounted on the top of the tank.

As a technologist, this daily task of reading the oil tank gauge became tiresome and I had no way to know how quickly I was burning oil. What is the correlation between average daily temperature and the amount of oil my furnace burns? I wanted to solve the problem and started with a pad of paper and wrote down the daily readings. BORING! Who wants to read hard copy? I want this data on my phone, and I want to be collected without my daily trip to the basement to read the meter.

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LEAD Technologies is a Proud Partner in National Health IT Week

This October, LEAD Technologies is once again proud to be a partner of National Health IT Week in the advancement of health information technology to help improve healthcare. National Health IT (NHIT) Week is a nationwide awareness week focused on the value of health IT. Each year, NHIT Week Partners educate industry and policy stakeholders on the value of health IT for the US healthcare system.

Comprehensive health care reform is not possible without system-wide adoption of health information technology, which improves the quality of healthcare delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers. LEAD will join together with the other hundreds of companies around the country to celebrate progress and add to the conversation of how Health Information Technology is growing and improving people’s health.

With comprehensive DICOM and PACS technology along with high-end 2D and 3D viewer controls with support for .NET, CDLL, HTML5/JavaScript, WinRT, iOS, OS X, Android and more, LEADTOOLS plays a pivotal role in advancing medical imaging applications world-wide. Additionally, Medicor Imaging, a division of LEAD Technologies, provides DICOM and PACS solutions (MiPACS) powered by LEADTOOLS, which are used world-wide in Multi-Clinic Dental Organizations, Schools, ENT Practices, Hospitals, Imaging Centers, and the US Department of Veteran Affairs. Beyond our medical product line and Medicor Imaging, the LEADTOOLS document and multimedia products also provide value to the Health IT community with superior support for OCR, Forms Recognition, Barcode, PDF, Video Streaming, and more.

NHIT Week consists of events across the country, including National Health IT Week participants —vendors, provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry/professional associations, research foundations, and consumer protection groups— all working together to elevate national attention to the advantages of advancing health IT.

Visit for a full list of partners and updates on the week’s activities. Working together with our growing coalition of stakeholders, LEAD Technologies is helping to transform healthcare for all.

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How to Clean up a Document Image

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Few things have as great an impact on document imaging as cleanup. Its benefits reach far beyond the the improved visuals and readability. Document image cleanup is the salt to the meatier document imaging technologies like OCR, barcode, PDF, forms recognition, archival, and the like—it enhances them.

  • Accuracy – Images are rarely perfect. Colors, angles, imperfections in the original document all have an affect on the accuracy of recognition technologies. By correctly aligning the image and removing obstacles around the important areas, the recognition processes can scan the image and look for the predictable patterns that make up the text and data that you wish to extract.
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Speed and Accuracy Optimizations for LEADTOOLS Document and Medical Imaging Technologies

LEAD keeps pushing the limits with LEADTOOLS Version 19 and has released another update full of speed and accuracy optimizations throughout the product line. Though speed and accuracy is a major theme throughout this update, it isn’t the only notable improvement. Many completely new features, tools, and support for new specifications are also included. Check out the list below for the full run-down on what our LEADTOOLS developers have been up to, making sure you have the world’s leading imaging SDK at your fingertips.

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Display Photo Location Using LEADTOOLS and Google Maps

I recently took a 1,900 mile road trip with my son. We flew into Vegas, rented a convertible, and started to drive to Tulsa, OK via Route 66 with many stops along the way. During the trip, I took about 500 photos with my phone to save these important memories forever. Once I got home, I started going through all of the photos. (Why did I take so many?!) Trying to remember exactly where I was when I took a specific picture was sometimes difficult. To help me with this process, I used LEADTOOLS in a new little WinForms application project that pulls the GPS coordinates that my phone stored in the EXIF tags of the photos. Then it uses those coordinates with the Google Maps API to display a static map and a marker. As an extra bonus, I added a link to open Google Street View based on the photo coordinates in the default web browser and another link to open the location with interactive Google Maps in the application.

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Document Composer Video: Building a Document from Multiple Files

Recently, we released a huge update to Version 19 which included a new Document Composer. We already wrote about its amazing features, simple interface, and seamless integration with the Document Viewer, and now you can also watch this video to see how easy it is to compose a virtual document on the fly from any number of pages in any order and from multiple source documents.

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