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GetChildKey Method

Summary
Returns the item in the Dicom Dir Data Set that is the first child of the specified item.
Syntax
C#
Objective-C
C++/CLI
Java
public DicomElement GetChildKey( 
   DicomElement element 
) 
- (nullable LTDicomElement *)childKey:(LTDicomElement *)element; 
public DicomElement getChildKey(DicomElement element) 
public: 
DicomElement^ GetChildKey(  
   DicomElement^ element 
)  

Parameters

element
An item in the Data Set.

Return Value

The item in the Data Set that is the first child of the item specified by element, or a null reference (Nothing in VB) if element has no child items.

Remarks

The child is the offspring one level lower than the specified item. If the specified item has no child items, this method will return a null reference (Nothing in VB). For example:

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If the passed object points to: The method returns an object pointing to:
Item 1 null
Item 2 Item 3
Item 4 Item 5
Item 6 null

The following methods will also help you navigate the Data Set:

GetFirstKey

GetLastKey

GetNextKey

GetRootKey

GetParentKey

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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