DICOM PS3.5 2019a - Data Structures and Encoding

C DICOM Unique Identifier Registration Process (Informative)

This registration process applies to a number of unique identifiers that share the same properties, structure and registration process. It applies to the following identifiers:

UID structure is based on the numeric form of the OSI Object Identifier as defined by [ISO/IEC 8824]. Values shall be registered as defined by [ISO/IEC 9834-1] to ensure global uniqueness.

The DICOM Standard assigns Values to a number of such unique identifiers. The organization responsible for their registration is NEMA, which guarantees uniqueness.

For privately registered identifiers, NEMA will not act as registration authority. Related organizations shall obtain their proper registration as defined for OSI Object Identifiers by [ISO/IEC 9834-1] to ensure global uniqueness. National Standards Organizations representing a number of countries (e.g., UK, France, Japan, USA, etc.) for the International Standards Organization act as a registration authority by delegation from ISO, as defined by [ISO/IEC 9834-1].

Note

  1. For example, in the USA ANSI assigns, for a fee, Organization Identifiers to any requesting organization. Such an identifier may be used by the identified organization as a root to which it may add a suffix made of one or more components. The identified organization accepts the responsibility to properly register these suffixes to ensure uniqueness.

  2. Following are two typical examples of obtaining a UID <org root>. These examples are not intended to illustrate all the possible methods for obtaining a UID <org root>, see [ISO/IEC 8824] and [ISO/IEC 9834-1] for complete specifications. Organization identifiers may be obtained from various ISO member bodies (e.g., IBN in Belgium, ANSI in the United States, AFNOR in France, BSI in Great Britain, DIN in Germany, COSIRA in Canada).

    The first example shows the case of an <org root> issued by an ISO Member Body (ANSI in the USA in this example). The <org root> is composed of an identifier for ISO, a member body branch identifier, a country code and an organization ID. Note that there is no requirement that an implementation using an ANSI issued <org root> be made or located in the USA. The <org root> is made up of the following components: 1.2.840.xxxxx

    • 1 identifies ISO

    • 2 identifies the ISO member body branch

    • 840 identifies the country code of a specific ISO member body (U.S. for ANSI)

    • xxxxx identifies a specific organization as registered by the ISO member body ANSI.

    The second example shows the case of an <org root> issued by ISO (is delegated to BSI) to an international organization. It is composed of an identifier for ISO, an international organization branch identifier, and an International Code Designator. The value of the<org root> is assigned by an international registration authority that may be used by many different UIDs defined by the same international organization. The <org root> is made up of the following components: 1.3.yyyy

    • 1 identifies ISO

    • 3 identifies the international organization branch

    • yyyy identifies a specific organization as registered by an International Code Designator registration authority (see ISO 6523).

  3. Example components of a <suffix> for unique identification of an image could include:

    • product

    • system identifier

    • study, series and image numbers

    • study, series and image date & times.

DICOM PS3.5 2019a - Data Structures and Encoding