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Version: 3.9.0-beta.46 (Latest)

Google Cloud Healthcare

The Google Cloud Healthcare API is a powerful option for storing medical imaging data in the cloud.

An alternative to deploying your own PACS is to use a software-as-a-service provider such as Google Cloud. The Cloud Healthcare API promises to be a scalable, secure, cost effective image storage solution for those willing to store their data in the cloud. It offers an almost-entirely complete DICOMWeb API which requires tokens generated via the OAuth 2.0 Sign In flow. Images can even be transcoded on the fly if this is desired.

Setup a Google Cloud Healthcare Project

  1. Create a Google Cloud account

  2. Create a project in Google Cloud

    A project in Google Cloud can be created by clicking the projects drop down box.

    Google projects drop down

    And then clicking the NEW PROJECT button in the top-right corner of the dialogue that is displayed.

  3. Enable the Cloud Healthcare API for your project


    An API can be enabled through the APIs & Services > Enabled APIs & Services console and clicking the + ENABLE APIS AND SERVICES button.

    Google enable apis


    The principal (i.e. account) that is enabling the Cloud Healthcare API will require the following roles that can be set in the IAM & Admin > IAM console for the desired project.

    • Service Usage Viewer
    • Service Usage Admin

    Roles can be added to a principal in the IAM & Admin > IAM console by clicking the Edit principal (i.e. pencil) icon to the right of a principal or by clicking the GRANT ACCESS button at the top of the list of principals. The GRANT ACCESS button is particularly useful if the Edit principal icon is disabled.

  4. (Optional): Create a Dataset and DICOM Data Store for storing your DICOM data


    To both list existing datasets as well as create a new dataset for your project, the principal (i.e. account) must have the following roles enabled in the IAM & Admin > IAM console.

    • Editor
  5. Enable the Cloud Resource Manager API for your project.

    Note: If you are having trouble finding the APIs, use the search box at the top of the Cloud console.

  6. Go to APIs & Services > OAuth Consent Screen to create an OAuth Consent screen and fill in your application details.

    • Run through the three step process of adding an OAuth Consent Screen, clicking SAVE AND CONTINUE at the end of each step.

      Google OAuth Consent Screen steps

    • For the Scopes step, for Google APIs, click the ADD OR REMOVE SCOPES button.

    • In the Update selected scopes dialogue that flies in from the right, add the following scopes to the Manually add scopes text box.



        Google Manually Add Scopes

    • Click ADD TO TABLE and then click UPDATE

  1. Go to APIs & Services > Credentials to create a new set of credentials:

    • Click + CREATE CREDENTIALS and from the drop down select OAuth Client ID. See OAuth 2.0 Client ID for more information.

      Google Create Credentials

    • Choose the "Web Application" type

    • Add your domain (e.g. http://localhost:3000) to the Authorized JavaScript origins.

    • Add your domain, plus callback (e.g. http://localhost:3000/callback) to the Authorized Redirect URIs.

    • Save your Client ID for later.

  2. (Optional): Create a bucket containing DICOM files and import it into a Data Store

    • When importing a bucket into a Data Store, the following warning might be displayed indicating that the Cloud Healthcare Service Agent service account associated with the project does not have the Storage Object Viewer role.

      Google Create Credentials

    • The Cloud Healthcare Service Agent service account can be displayed in the IAM & Admin > IAM console by checking the Include Google-provided role grants checkbox. The Storage Object Viewer role can then be granted to the Cloud Healthcare Service Agent service account.

      Google Provided Accounts Checkbox

    • More information regarding the Cloud Healthcare Service Agent service account can be found at

  3. (Optional): Enable Public Datasets that are being hosted by Google:

Run the viewer with your OAuth Client ID

  1. Open the config/google.js file and change YOURCLIENTID to your Client ID value.
  2. Run the OHIF Viewer using the config/google.js configuration file
cd OHIFViewer
yarn install
APP_CONFIG=config/google.js yarn run dev

Configuring Google Cloud Healthcare as a datasource in OHIF

A Google Cloud Healthcare DICOM store can be configured as a DICOMweb datasource in OHIF. A full or partial path is permitted in the configuration file. For partial paths, the data source configuration UI will assist in filling in the missing pieces. For example, a configuration with empty wadoUriRoot, qidoRoot and wadoRoot will prompt for the entire path step-by-step starting with the project.