Quickstart

Obtaining binaries

To obtain the Orthanc binaries, you have several possibilities:

Opening Orthanc Explorer

The most straightforward way to use Orthanc consists in opening Orthanc Explorer, the embedded administrative interface of Orthanc, with a Web browser. Once Orthanc is running, open the following URL: http://localhost:8042/app/explorer.html. Please note that:

  • The port number 8042 depends on your configuration.
  • Orthanc Explorer does not work with Microsoft Internet Explorer. Please use Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, or any WebKit-based Web browser.

Uploading DICOM files

The Orthanc Explorer interface contains a user-friendly page to upload DICOM files. You can reach the upload page at http://localhost:8042/app/explorer.html#upload. Then, you can drag and drop your DICOM files and click on the Upload button.

You can watch this video tutorial that shows how to upload files to Orthanc through Orthanc Explorer with Chromium.

Important: There is currently a known issue that prevents Mozilla Firefox to correctly upload all DICOM files.

Uploading through the DICOM protocol

Once Orthanc is up and running, any imaging modality can send instances to Orthanc through the DICOM protocol (with the C-Store command).

You can use the standard command-line tool storescu from the DCMTK software to manually send DICOM images to Orthanc, for instance:

$ storescu -aec ORTHANC localhost 4242 *.dcm

will send all the files with ”.dcm” extension to the instance of Orthanc that is running on the localhost, whose application entity title (AET) is ORTHANC, and whose DICOM port is 4242. Obviously, all these parameters depend on your configuration. Please check the FAQ if you encounter any problem.

Next steps

  1. Read the general introduction “Understanding DICOM with Orthanc”.
  2. Have a look at your configuration file.
  3. Drive Orthanc through its REST API.
  4. Automate DICOM tasks with Lua scripts.