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DeleteKey Method

Summary
Deletes the specified key element from the Dicom Dir Data Set.
Syntax
C#
Objective-C
C++/CLI
Java
public void DeleteKey( 
   DicomElement element 
) 
- (void)deleteKey:(LTDicomElement *)element; 
public void deleteKey(DicomElement element) 
public: 
void DeleteKey(  
   DicomElement^ element 
)  

Parameters

element
The key element to delete.

Remarks

When a key element is deleted using this method, all offspring of the key element (both key element children and non-key element children) and all their respective children are also deleted. Below are illustrations of this. For the sake of these illustrations, the order of siblings is top to bottom.

Please note that the numbering of the items of interest is arbitrary, and does not imply order.

In this illustration, item 2 will be deleted. If any of the children of item 2 had children, these would be deleted also.

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In this illustration, item 3 will be deleted. Again, if any of the children of item 2 had children, these would be deleted also.

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Please note that key elements should not be deleted using DeleteElement. Deleting a key element using DeleteElement will not delete any child key elements, but will delete information that references the child key elements.

For more information about key elements, refer to Working with Basic Directory Key Elements.

Example
C#
using Leadtools; 
using Leadtools.Dicom; 
 
 
public void DicomDIRSample() 
{ 
   //Make sure to initialize the DICOM engine, this needs to be done only once  
   DicomEngine.Startup(); 
   using (DicomDataSet dicomDIR = new DicomDataSet()) 
   { 
      dicomDIR.Reset(); 
      //Initialize the dataset as a DICOMDIR class 
      dicomDIR.Initialize(DicomClassType.BasicDirectory, DicomDataSetInitializeType.ExplicitVRLittleEndian); 
      Debug.Assert(dicomDIR.InformationClass == DicomClassType.BasicDirectory); 
      Debug.Assert(dicomDIR.InformationFlags == (DicomDataSetFlags.ExplicitVR | DicomDataSetFlags.LittleEndian | DicomDataSetFlags.MetaHeaderPresent)); 
      //Insert a patient level key 
      DicomElement patientKey = dicomDIR.InsertKey(null, DicomDirKeyType.Patient, true); 
      //Insert a study key under the patient key 
      DicomElement studyKey = dicomDIR.InsertKey(patientKey, DicomDirKeyType.Study, true); 
      //Now insert three series keys under the study key 
      DicomElement seriesKey = dicomDIR.InsertKey(studyKey, DicomDirKeyType.Series, true); 
      seriesKey = dicomDIR.InsertKey(studyKey, DicomDirKeyType.Series, true); 
      seriesKey = dicomDIR.InsertKey(studyKey, DicomDirKeyType.Series, true); 
      DicomElement key = dicomDIR.GetRootKey(seriesKey); 
      //Get the key value, You can also call GetKeyValuePtr 
      DicomDirKeyType keyValue = dicomDIR.GetKeyValue(key); 
      //The root key for the series key should be patient 
      Debug.Assert(keyValue == DicomDirKeyType.Patient, "The root key for the series key should be patient in this case"); 
      //Get the parent key for the series, it should be study 
      key = dicomDIR.GetParentKey(seriesKey); 
      keyValue = dicomDIR.GetKeyValue(key); 
      Debug.Assert(keyValue == DicomDirKeyType.Study, "The parent key for the series key should be study in this case"); 
      //The child for the study key should be series 
      key = dicomDIR.GetChildKey(studyKey); 
      keyValue = dicomDIR.GetKeyValue(key); 
      Debug.Assert(keyValue == DicomDirKeyType.Series, "The child for the study key should be series"); 
      //The first key should be patient, if we traverse the DICOMDIR as a list 
      key = dicomDIR.GetFirstKey(studyKey, false); 
      keyValue = dicomDIR.GetKeyValue(key); 
      Debug.Assert(keyValue == DicomDirKeyType.Patient); 
      //The last key should be series, if we traverse the DICOMDIR as a list 
      key = dicomDIR.GetLastKey(studyKey, false); 
      keyValue = dicomDIR.GetKeyValue(key); 
      Debug.Assert(keyValue == DicomDirKeyType.Series); 
      //The key before the study key should be patient, if we traverse the DICOMDIR as a list 
      key = dicomDIR.GetPreviousKey(studyKey, false); 
      keyValue = dicomDIR.GetKeyValue(key); 
      Debug.Assert(keyValue == DicomDirKeyType.Patient); 
      //The key after the study key should be series, if we traverse the DICOMDIR as a list 
      key = dicomDIR.GetNextKey(studyKey, false); 
      keyValue = dicomDIR.GetKeyValue(key); 
      Debug.Assert(keyValue == DicomDirKeyType.Series); 
      //If we delete the study key, the series keys under it will get deleted too 
      dicomDIR.DeleteKey(studyKey); 
      key = dicomDIR.FindFirstKey(null, DicomDirKeyType.Series, false); 
      Debug.Assert(key == null); 
      key = dicomDIR.FindLastKey(null, DicomDirKeyType.Series, false); 
      Debug.Assert(key == null); 
      key = dicomDIR.FindPreviousKey(null, false); 
      Debug.Assert(key == null); 
      key = dicomDIR.FindNextKey(null, false); 
      Debug.Assert(key == null); 
   } 
   DicomEngine.Shutdown(); 
} 
Requirements

Target Platforms

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