F.5.1 Patient Directory Record Definition

The Directory Record is based on the specification of Section F.3. It is identified by a Directory Record Type of Value "PATIENT." Table F.5-1 lists the set of keys with their associated Types for such a Directory Record Type. The description of these keys may be found in the Modules related to the Patient IOD or the Patient IE of Image IODs. This Type of Directory Record may reference a Lower-Level Directory Entity that includes one or more Directory Records as defined in Table F.4-1.


Key Tag Type Attribute Description
Specific Character Set (0008,0005) 1C Required if an extended or replacement character set is used in one of the keys
Patient's Name (0010,0010) 2
Patient ID (0010,0020) 1
Any other Attribute of the Patient IOD or Patient IE Modules 3
For a given File-set, the Patient ID shall be unique. This means that it shall not appear in different Patient Directory Records.