The Southwestern Ontario Diagnostic Imaging Repository


About DI-r

The Diagnostic Imaging Repository allows for the collection and storage of diagnostic images for Radiologists, Referring Physicians and Specialists across Southwestern Ontario providing instant access.

The Southwestern Ontario Diagnostic Imaging Repository (SWO DI-r), through a shared archive of imaging studies, provides a participating organization the ability to access the DI longitudinal patient record.

The DI-r delivers an automated solution for:

  • Centralized storage and retrieval of images
  • Access to diagnostic reports

The DI-r application provides a consolidated single patient jacket across multiple RIS/PACS environments. This application connects many systems, providing one point of access for diagnostic imaging in Southwestern Ontario.

Patient Care Impact

SWO DI-r has facilitated the sharing of Radiology images and reports between all hospitals in southwestern Ontario as well as several Independent Health Facilities (IHF). This repository provides great value to patients who have multiple procedures at different facilities.

This technology benefits both our patients and our clinicians by:

  • Providing faster treatment because specialists can access prior x-rays and other diagnostic tests directly without needing to request hard copy images, CDs or faxed results;
  • Reducing the need to repeat tests already performed at other centres because they are now easily viewable;
  • Enabling physicians to consult with their colleagues from the referring hospital;
  • Providing the treating physicians with the complete picture of the patient’s imaging history no matter where the imaging was performed.
  • Potentially reducing unnecessary patient transfers because the Diagnostic Imaging can be reviewed prior to the transfer.


Highlights and Achievements

SWO DI-r is continually expanding and providing innovative tool sets to our clinicians that improve patient care.

  • Integrated hospitals and several Independent Health Facilities (IHF)  across southwestern Ontario region for image sharing.
  • Foreign Exam Management – ability for one organization’s PACS to ingest images from another organization
  • Integrating the Repository to ClinicalConnect™ (ZFP -Zero Footprint Viewer)
  • DI Common Services
  • Long term archive for hospital’s diagnostic imaging
  • Archive expansion for Cardiology

DI-r Knowledgebase

Click HERE to access the DI-r Knowledgebase

Community Forum

Click HERE to access the Community Forum

DI-r General Inquiries

Committee and Meetings

The Hub Collaboration call is a group of representatives, from hospitals and independent health facilities, spanning across Southwestern Ontario who meet 5 times a year to discuss topics that impact or pertain to the Southwestern Ontario Diagnostic Imaging Repository (SWODIR).  The meeting is hosted by the SWODIR representatives and the agenda is structured by a terms of reference document.  The scope of the meeting is to collaborate on processes, workflows, establish guidelines, best practices and review service level goals as it relates to the SWODIR.

Educational Materials

  • IE Settings Document
  • Procedure Code Build Request Form
  • DI-r Privileged Access Management Process
  • DI-r Non Privileged Access Management Process
  • OneView Site Administration Manual
  • Hub Collaboration Terms of Reference
  • ZFP Technical requirements