FIRST PROTOCOL ANALYZER FOR MEDICAL INDUSTRY INTRODUCED.Network Instruments, LLC (Logical Link Control) See "LANs" under data link protocol.
LLC - Logical Link Control and Siemens AG have introduced Observer(R) DICOM (medical, standard) DICOM - (From Digital Imaging and COmmunications in Medicine) A standard developed by ACR-NEMA (American College of Radiology - National Electrical Manufacturer's Association) for communications between medical imaging devices. Extension, the only analyzer to support the decoding of the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) is a standard for handling, storing, printing, and transmitting information in medical imaging. It includes a file format definition and a network communications protocol. (DICOM) protocol. The DICOM Extension is the result of a joint development partnership that began one year ago when Siemens selected Network Instruments' Observer as the system on which to co-engineer the first DICOM-specific protocol analyzer. Siemens is one of the world's leading developers of DICOM-based medical systems. Network Instruments is the developer of Observer, the most comprehensive, low-cost protocol analyzer available. Observer DICOM, which is implemented as an extension module to Observer 5.1, provides users of medical imaging equipment an affordable, portable troubleshooting tool. Observer DICOM Extension decodes and analyzes the interaction procedures for medical/technical equipment which utilize the DICOM standard. "With the DICOM Extension, technicians and administrators have a feature-rich troubleshooting tool co-engineered by two of the industry's most innovative companies," said Douglas Smith, president of Network Instruments. "As a result, users can be assured that Observer DICOM Extension will remain the most advanced and accurate analyzer for the medical imaging system community." The Observer protocol analyzer is the most comprehensive, low-cost protocol analyzer available. Observer is a 32-bit PC application for the Windows 95/98/NT environments. It offers a powerful range of analysis reports and diagnostic tools to the network user, yet it simple to use. And, because Observer does not require special equipment, it is the most affordable protocol analyzer on the market. Its features include: Ethernet Collision Expert Analysis, FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) Often pronounced "fiddy," it was a LAN and MAN access method that had its heyday in the mid-1990s. FDDI was an ANSI standard token passing network that transmitted 100 Mbps over optical fiber up to 10 kilometers. error-tracking features, a rich Trending interface, remote software Probes, multiple concurrent modes, full packet capture and decode, long-term trending and reporting, network errors-by-station, protocol and station statistics, graphical network mapping, and QoS and up-time logging and statistics. The DICOM standard is a specification for packet structure as well as a communication definition for exchanging data between medical equipment. The DICOM standard is used to transfer highly complex data in nuclear medicine, ultrasound, computed radiography radiography: see X ray. , digitized film, video capture, HIS/RIS information, and connections between networked hard-copy output devices. The development of the DICOM Extension enables a technician to carry a cost-effective, portable DICOM diagnostic tool. Observer's ease of use and the addition of DICOM decoding provide quick and efficient troubleshooting to pinpoint malfunctions in networked medical environments. New network installations or additions in such environments often produce system malfunctions and hardware mismatches. These malfunctions can be due to ongoing network traffic problems or to incompatible systems from different vendors. The DICOM Extension provides a technician or administrator an inexpensive tool that addresses DICOM-specific troubleshooting demands. In addition, because Observer supports TCP/IP TCP/IP
in full Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
Standard Internet communications protocols that allow digital computers to communicate over long distances. , SNA (Systems Network Architecture) IBM's mainframe network standards introduced in 1974. Originally a centralized architecture with a host computer controlling many terminals, enhancements, such as APPN and APPC (LU 6. , IPX/SPX See IPX. , NetBios, and many other protocols over Ethernet, Token-Ring, and FDDI LANs, administrators and technicians can also utilize the DICOM Extension for general network troubleshooting. Observer's distributed architecture enables remote diagnosis on multi-segment LANs as well.
Observer DICOM Extension displays three protocol decode and packet views: raw data TCP (1) (Transmission Control Protocol) The reliable transport protocol within the TCP/IP protocol suite. TCP ensures that all data arrive accurately and 100% intact at the other end. packets (displayed in hexadecimal See hex.
(mathematics) hexadecimal - (Or "hex") Base 16. A number representation using the digits 0-9, with their usual meaning, plus the letters A-F (or a-f) to represent hexadecimal digits with values of (decimal) 10 to 15. ); PDUs of DICOM upper-layer protocol in order of appearance (selected PDUs can then be decoded and displayed), and sorted DICOM messages (selected messages are decoded and displayed) shown simultaneously as both raw data and as decode for easy line-by-line comparison. Pricing and Availability The Observer DICOM Extension is priced at $2100. The Extension is available direct from Network Instruments or through authorized dealer or distributors. System Requirements The DICOM Extension requires a licensed copy of Observer 5.1 or Distributed Observer 5.1, the DICOM Extension Module, Windows 95/98/NT, a Pentium 133 with 32MB RAM (64MB preferred), and SVGA (Super VGA) A screen resolution of 800x600 pixels. Third-party vendors extended IBM's VGA display standard and were the first to use the term. SVGA has also referred to 1,024x768 resolutions. See PC display modes. running in at least 600 x 800 recommended. About Network Instruments Network Instruments is a privately held company privately held company
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