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Hanging protocols are designed to allow a group of images from related studies to be
displayed in sets that are “hung” according to preconfigured radiologist preferences.
These protocols can also be customized to define preferred methods of presentation and
manipulation for every modality supported by eFilm.
Using the HP Manager
The HP Manager window allows you to search for a hanging protocol and apply it to the
current study displayed in the main eFilm window.
To access the HP Manager window choose one of the following options:
In the Study Manager window, click HP Manager
On the Tools menu, click Hanging Protocol Builder > Hanging Protocol Manager
Click the arrow next to and select Hanging Protocol Manager
The HP Manager window appears.
This section also describes how to:
customize the HP Manager window (see “Customizing the HP Manager” on page 103)
search for a hanging protocol (see “Searching for hanging protocols” on page 103)
preview a hanging protocol (see “Previewing hanging protocols” on page 104)
apply a hanging protocol (see “Applying hanging protocols” on page 104)
switch between different hanging protocol layouts (see “Switching between hanging
protocol layouts” on page 105)
See the PDF version of the user guide for the following options- These were omitted from this web page for brevity.:
export a hanging protocol (see “Exporting hanging protocols” on page 105)
import a hanging protocol (see “Importing hanging protocols” on page 106)
edit a hanging protocol (see “Editing hanging protocols” on page 106)
associate or disassociate a hanging protocol with your profile (see “Associating and
disassociating hanging protocols” on page 107)
delete your hanging protocols (see “Deleting hanging protocols” on page 108)
close the HP Manager window (see “Closing the HP Manager” on page 108)<
Customizing the HP Manager
You can customize the HP Manager window to suit your preferences by re-sorting the
columns and repositioning the fields in your protocol list.
To customize the HP Manager window:
1. Click a header to sort the list according to that heading. For example, click Modality
to sort the list by modality, or click Priors Number to sort the list by number of priors.
- Tip: Clicking the header field again will sort the list in the reverse
2. Click and hold the header you want to move, and drag-and-drop it to a new location.
Searching for hanging protocols
The list of hanging protocols is stored on the visualization services server.
To search for a hanging protocol:
Filter the search by entering any of the following optional search criteria:
- Protocol Name: the name of the hanging protocol (must be unique on the Hanging
- Anatomic Region: the anatomic region or code meaning (e.g., “CHEST”, “BREAST”,
“HEAD”) on which the hanging protocol will be matched.
- Created By: the user name of the person who created the protocol.
- Study Description: a description of the study on which the hanging protocol will
- Laterality: the laterality of the study (e.g., “LEFT”, “RIGHT”, “BOTH”) on which the
hanging protocol will be matched.
Note: If you have filtered by Anatomic Region or Study Description, all hanging
protocols matching the specified values will be returned, including those that do not
have any values (i.e., the fields are blank).
Optionally, enter a range of dates in which to search. Select the From: and To: check
boxes to activate them, and then enter the date parameters either by hand or by using
the calendar window by clicking the date field drop-down list.
Optionally, specify the number of priors using the spinbox arrows.
Optionally, select a specific modality type from the Modality drop-down list.
Click Search. A list of matching hanging protocols appears in the bottom half of the
HP Manager window. Note: The edit controls always contain the parameters of the last query, whether the query
was made automatically or manually (if you entered the parameters and clicked Search).
Previewing hanging protocols
You can preview a hanging protocol before applying it to the current study by selecting
the protocol and clicking Preview. The selected protocol is applied to the studies in the
main eFilm window.
Note: The HP Manager window remains open in the foreground while previewing a
Applying hanging protocols
Once you have found and previewed a matching hanging protocol, you can apply
hanging protocols to the selected study.
To apply a hanging protocol to the selected study:
Select a hanging protocol from the list and click Apply.
Note: If more than one hanging protocol is selected, the Apply button is disabled.
The selected hanging protocol is applied to the study.
Note: This forces the selected hanging protocol to be applied to the study, even if this
results in one or more or all empty display sets or viewports. In this case, the empty
viewports will contain a message (i.e., "No matching images").
To apply a different hanging protocol:
Click the arrow to the immediate right of . The hanging protocols drop-down
menu appears. This menu contains all matching hanging protocols.
Select a hanging protocol from the drop-down menu; the series or study will be
displayed using this hanging protocol. - Tip: If you have modified the appearance of images in the layout, you
can revert to the original layout specified in the hanging protocol by
selecting Reset Layout.
Switching between hanging protocol layouts
You can switch between hanging protocol layouts by clicking the Next Layout and
Previous Layout icons on the toolbar.
To go to the next presentation group:
Choose one of the following options:
On the Tools menu, click Next Layout
To go to the previous presentation group:
Choose one of the following options:
- On the Tools menu, click Previous Layout
Note: The PG indicator on the status bar changes accordingly.
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