Exchange of EEG data among institutions is complicated due to vendor-specific proprietary EEG file formats. The DICOM standard, which has long been used for storage and exchange of imaging studies, was expanded to store neurophysiology data in 2020.
To implement DICOM as an interoperable and vendor-independent storage format for EEG recordings in the Clinic Hietzing.
A pilot implementation for automated conversion of EEG data from a proprietary to standardized DICOM format was developed. Additionally, EEG review based on a central DICOM archive in a DICOM EEG viewer (encevis by AIT) was implemented.
More than 200 long-term video EEG recordings and over 3000 routine EEGs were archived to the central DICOM archive of the WIGEV.
Using DICOM as a storage format for EEG data is feasible and leads to a substantial improvement of interoperability and facilitates data exchange between institutions.
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