Is it possible to get patient information from DICOM Print?

Some developers, faced by systems with DICOM Print and no DICOM C-STORE have wondered whether that “DICOM output” could be used to capture images to store in a PACS.

Unfortunately, the answer is no - Patient Information cannot be retrieved from Printing Data as DICOM Printing only contains layout and pixel data, there is no patient information at all, not even a PatientID etc, let alone Modality or study Information. The only patient information present is simply “burnt-in” to the pixel data and would need optical character recognition to identify it, and of course the position of this in the image would vary from one client to another.