The Drawing Module is a tool used to modify and create images within a patient's Clinical window. These images can be created and linked to a particular consultation, or created from an image in the Image Browser. This tool works similarly to Microsoft Paint, whereby you can add text, lines, and shapes to an image to customise it for a particular patient.
Genie comes inbuilt with numerous default templates, which can be found in the root of your Genie folder:
- Windows: C:\Genie\Drawing Templates
- Macintosh: Macintosh HD:Applications:Genie:Drawing Templates
Before you begin
The Drawing Module can be accessed from within a patient's Consultation record. Alternatively, it can be accessed via the Image Browser in a patient's Clinical file.
In either of the above windows, select the paint brush icon to open the Drawing Module.
Upon opening up the Drawing Module, you will be greeted with the below screen.
Using the buttons
In order to utilise this window, you must first understand what each button does.
|Select images and objects||Free draw|
|Draw straight lines||Type text|
|Draw squares or rectangles||Ellipse (Ctrl/Cmd + click for circle)|
|Draw rounded rectangles||Draw freehand filled area|
|Bullet circle stamp||Bullet cross stamp|
|Draw stitches. Stitches will appear tighter and closer together when drawn slowly||Draw rashes|
|Annotate image (includes arrow from annotation to image)||Flip selection horizontally (Ctrl/Cmd + click to flip vertically)|
|Acquire image from camera||Acquire image from scanner|
|Delete currently selected object||
|Alter line thickness and format. Clicking on the line will display the buttons directly to the left|
|These buttons are the line colour and fill colour, respectively||These buttons are the draw objects transparent and draw objects filled, respectively. This applied to the drawing of shapes|
|This slider controls the opacity of the selected object||These buttons are the "Save as an Editable Template" and "Save as an Image in the Patient's Attachment Folder" buttons|
Creating your drawing
Within the Drawing Module, click on the picture you would like to use as a base for your drawing on the right-hand side. If you wish to open a folder different from your default drawing templates folder, press the blue folder button next to the file path to browse. If you choose an image that has not been referenced previously, you will receive the below prompt:
If this is an image you will only use for this patient (e.g. a photograph of this patient that you would like to annotate), select Patient. If this is an image you will use for many patients (e.g. a new image for generalised use), select Referenced.
Alternatively, you can click the Get Pictures from Patient Folder icon to edit existing images in the patient's folder.
Once you have highlighted the picture on the right-hand side, it will appear in the preview pane in the bottom right. Click and drag the image from the preview pane to the desired location on the page, then use the buttons on the left hand side to create your drawing.
Resize any objects as needed by clicking the Select icon then highlighting the image you want to resize. With the image highlighted, drag the green dot that appears in the bottom right corner of the image. Ctrl/Cmd + click will allow you to rotate the image.
Note: Rotated objects will no longer be able to be resized. Always remember to resize your objects before rotating them.
Right-clicking on an object will result in the below menu.
Move to... allows you to move objects to the forefront and background of your drawing. This is particularly useful if you have overlapping objects that you would like to arrange in order of front to back.
Flip... flips the object selected in the specific direction.
Clicking on one object, and then Shift + clicking on subsequent objects allow you to highlight multiple objects. Alternatively, you can click and drag your cursor over all objects you would like to select.
Right-clicking on the background of your drawing will result in an alternate menu.
Alter Drawing Area Dimensions allows you to specify a new height and width for the drawing area. This is in pixels, so you will need to use trial and error to achieve your desired size.
Creating Drawing Templates
If you do not wish to use a template based off an image, you can simply draw freehand onto the canvas. You can then save the new image as a template for future use by clicking on the Save as an editable SVG template button .
Sometimes you need to create a drawing for one specific consultation for a patient. To do this, follow the below steps.
- In the patient's Clinical window, click Add Consult;
- In the New Consult window, click the Drawing Module icon . This can be found as per the below image;
- In the Drawing Module window that opens, create your drawing using the tools as per the How to use the Drawing Module section above;
- Clicking OK and continuing with your consult as normal will save the image to this consultation. If you are wanting to view this drawing as an image on its own in the patient's clinical record, you can save the drawing by clicking on the Save as an image in the Patient's attachments folder icon .
If for some reason, you would like to add, edit or delete a drawing from a consultation, you can re-open the consultation from the Contact list, then click on the Drawing Module icon . You will then be prompted with the below window:
To edit the image, select EDIT a drawing attached to this consultation and highlight the required drawing from the presented list.
Instead of attaching a drawing to a specific consultation record, you can instead add the drawing straight into the patient's image file. This is more relevant for editing already created images, instead of starting from scratch and adding templates from a consult window.
To add a drawing, enter the patient's Image Browser from their Clinical file.
In the top-left of this window, you will see the Drawing Module icon as below.
In order for this to be highlighted, you must first have an image selected in the folder list on the left of the Image Browser. If you do not have the image you want to edit, click the blue plus icon to search for the image on your computer.
Once you have the correct image highlighted, click the Drawing Module icon to edit the image as per the How to use the Drawing Module section above.
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