DICOM PS3.1 2018d - Introduction and Overview

1 Scope and Field of Application

PS3.1 provides an overview of the entire Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) Standard. It describes the history, scope, goals, and structure of the Standard. In particular, it contains a brief description of the contents of each part of the Standard.

1.1 Scope of DICOM

Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) is the standard for the communication and management of medical imaging information and related data.

The DICOM Standard facilitates interoperability of medical imaging equipment by specifying:

  • For network communications, a set of protocols to be followed by devices claiming conformance to the Standard.

  • The syntax and semantics of Commands and associated information that can be exchanged using these protocols.

  • For media communication, a set of media storage services to be followed by devices claiming conformance to the Standard, as well as a File Format and a medical directory structure to facilitate access to the images and related information stored on interchange media.

  • Information that must be supplied with an implementation for which conformance to the Standard is claimed.

The DICOM Standard does not specify:

  • The implementation details of any features of the Standard on a device claiming conformance.

  • The overall set of features and functions to be expected from a system implemented by integrating a group of devices each claiming DICOM conformance.

  • A testing/validation procedure to assess an implementation's conformance to the Standard.

DICOM PS3.1 2018d - Introduction and Overview