DICOM overview

DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) is an international standard used for storing, integrating and exchanging medical image data. DICOM is mainly used in radiology, cardiology imaging, x-ray, CT, MRI etc. and one of the widely used medical standards by clinicians in the world.

DICOM was established in 1982. Back in olden days exchanging medical images from one device/software to other was a cumbersome process because of different formats adopted by device. It involves conversion of source image into target device specific format. Also storing images with patient information. DICOM created to solve these compatibility issues. The main purpose of this standard is to enable interoperability among various medical devices/software’s to create, exchange and view medical image files without any specific conversion. Read more