Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine

related topics
{system, computer, user}
{math, number, function}
{disease, patient, cell}
{work, book, publish}
{group, member, jewish}
{area, part, region}
{film, series, show}

Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) is a standard for handling, storing, printing, and transmitting information in medical imaging. It includes a file format definition and a network communications protocol. The communication protocol is an application protocol that uses TCP/IP to communicate between systems. DICOM files can be exchanged between two entities that are capable of receiving image and patient data in DICOM format. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) holds the copyright to this standard.[1] It was developed by the DICOM Standards Committee, whose members[2] are also partly members of NEMA.[3]

DICOM enables the integration of scanners, servers, workstations, printers, and network hardware from multiple manufacturers into a picture archiving and communication system (PACS). The different devices come with DICOM conformance statements which clearly state the DICOM classes they support. DICOM has been widely adopted by hospitals and is making inroads in smaller applications like dentists' and doctors' offices.

DICOM is known as NEMA standard PS3, and as ISO standard 12052.


Full article ▸

related documents
Device driver
DEC Alpha
Video compression
Intel 80486
Graphical Environment Manager
Bulletin board system
Magnetic core memory
Xerox Star
Computer file
Frequency-hopping spread spectrum
Insulated-gate bipolar transistor
IBM System i
Advanced Mobile Phone System
Public land mobile network
Dual-tone multi-frequency
Video Toaster
Transistor–transistor logic
Doctor V64
Hypertext Transfer Protocol
Software performance testing
Windows Media Audio
Pulse-width modulation