Diagnostic Imaging Common Services (DI CS)
The Diagnostic Imaging Common Service initiative enables and supports sharing and viewing of diagnostic imaging results across Ontario to all hospital and community-based health care providers anytime, anywhere, using the tools best suited to their work practices.
What is it?
Ontario has four Regional Diagnostic Imaging Repositories (DI-rs) that allow for storage, retrieval, and sharing of diagnostic reports and images within their respective regions. All hospitals that perform diagnostic imaging are integrated with a regional DI-r, as are many Independent Health Facilities (private for-profit Diagnostic Imaging clinics). The DI-rs act as the long-term archive for storing images for many of these organizations. In support of sharing and viewing of diagnostic images in Ontario, the DI-rs publish reports to eHealth Ontario and facilitate access to the regionally stored images.
Provincial access to digital health imaging studies includes:
- DI Common Service (DI-CS), Provincial Diagnostic Imaging (DI) Viewer
- ClinicalConnect Clinical Viewer (Live with reports; images to be available Q1 2018/19)
- ConnectingOntario ClinicalViewer (Q2 2018/19)
Diagnostic Imaging Common Service enables and supports sharing and viewing of diagnostic imaging results across Ontario anytime, anywhere, through the health care providers access method of choice.
Lite Service Tests
- DICS Registry Lite Service end point:
- DICS Repository Lite Service end point:
IHE XDS (ITI)
DICS Registry Query
DICS Repository/Document Query
- Eliminates unnecessary travel
- Reduces wait times and lengths of stay thanks to faster exam reports and clinical decisions by physicians and specialists
- Reduces duplicate and unnecessary exams
- Reduces the need to physically transfer images or CDs to specialists
- Eliminates unnecessary exposure to radiation
- Improves access to images and reports 24/7
- Enables remote access to images for off-hours coverage
- Enhances remote reporting capabilities
- Allows real-time clinical collaboration, increasing access to a broader range of specialists