dcmqridx - Register a DICOM image file in an image database index file
dcmqridx [options] index-out [dcmimg-in...]
The dcmqridx ulility registers DICOM image files in the database index
file used by the dcmqrscp and dcmqrti applications. No image files are
copied. dcmqridx can also list the contents of the database index file.
index-out storage area for the index file (directory)
dcmimg-in DICOM image file to be registered in the index file
print this help text and exit
print version information and exit
verbose mode, print processing details
debug mode, print debug information
list contents of database index file
set instance reviewed status to ’not new’
dcmqridx attempts to add a reference to the database index file for
each image-file provided on the command line.
dcmqridx disables the database back-end quota system so that no image
files will be deleted.
All command line tools use the following notation for parameters:
square brackets enclose optional values (0-1), three trailing dots
indicate that multiple values are allowed (1-n), a combination of both
means 0 to n values.
Command line options are distinguished from parameters by a leading ’+’
or ’-’ sign, respectively. Usually, order and position of command line
options are arbitrary (i.e. they can appear anywhere). However, if
options are mutually exclusive the rightmost appearance is used. This
behaviour conforms to the standard evaluation rules of common Unix
In addition, one or more command files can be specified using an ’@’
sign as a prefix to the filename (e.g. @command.txt). Such a command
argument is replaced by the content of the corresponding text file
(multiple whitespaces are treated as a single separator) prior to any
further evaluation. Please note that a command file cannot contain
another command file. This simple but effective approach allows to
summarize common combinations of options/parameters and avoids longish
and confusing command lines (an example is provided in file
The dcmqridx utility will attempt to load DICOM data dictionaries
specified in the DCMDICTPATH environment variable. By default, i.e. if
the DCMDICTPATH environment variable is not set, the file
<PREFIX>/lib/dicom.dic will be loaded unless the dictionary is built
into the application (default for Windows).
The default behaviour should be preferred and the DCMDICTPATH
environment variable only used when alternative data dictionaries are
required. The DCMDICTPATH environment variable has the same format as
the Unix shell PATH variable in that a colon (’:’) separates entries.
The data dictionary code will attempt to load each file specified in
the DCMDICTPATH environment variable. It is an error if no data
dictionary can be loaded.
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