Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM)

Dr Dan J Bell and Mr Andrew Murphy et al.

Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) is a worldwide standard for the storage and transmission of medical imaging. It has been developed with input from members of the DICOM standards committee, with representation from both manufacturers and users (including ACR, RSNA and ESR, as well as societies representing other users e.g. cardiologists) 1.

A formal protocol (such as DICOM) defines the way that devices talk with one another and/or store their program data.  The aim of using the published DICOM standard is to ensure that devices made by different companies speak the same language and can, therefore, operate together within the same hospital environment.

DICOM involves a standardised lookup table in an attempt to standardise grey scale display worldwide, known as the DICOM grayscale standard display function.

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