DICOM PS3.17 2019d - Explanatory Information

A Explanation of Patient Orientation (Normative)

This Annex was formerly located in Annex E “Explanation of Patient Orientation (Normative)” in PS3.3 in the 2003 and earlier revisions of the Standard.

This Annex provides an explanation of how to use the patient orientation data elements.

Standard Anatomic Position Directions - Whole Body

Figure A-1. Standard Anatomic Position Directions - Whole Body


Standard Anatomic Position Directions - Hand

Figure A-2. Standard Anatomic Position Directions - Hand


Standard Anatomic Position Directions - Foot

Figure A-3. Standard Anatomic Position Directions - Foot


As for the hand, the direction labels are based on the foot in the standard anatomic position. For the right foot, for example, RIGHT will be in the direction of the 5th toe. This assignment will remain constant through movement or positioning of the extremity. This is also true of the HEAD and FOOT directions.

Views - Anterior and Lateral

Figure A-4. Views - Anterior and Lateral


Planes - Whole Body - Transverse

Figure A-5. Planes - Whole Body - Transverse


Planes - Whole Body - Sagittal

Figure A-6. Planes - Whole Body - Sagittal


Planes - Whole Body - Coronal

Figure A-7. Planes - Whole Body - Coronal


Planes - Hand

Figure A-8. Planes - Hand


Planes - Double Obliquity

Figure A-9. Planes - Double Obliquity


Standard Anatomic Position Directions - Paired Hands

Figure A-10. Standard Anatomic Position Directions - Paired Hands


Breast - MedioLateral Oblique

Figure A-11. Breast - MedioLateral Oblique


Panoramic Zonogram Directions

Figure A-12. Panoramic Zonogram Directions


DICOM PS3.17 2019d - Explanatory Information