DICOM PS3.21 2019c - Transformations between DICOM and other Representations

A.3 Structure of DICOM SR Documents

DICOM SR documents can be thought of as consisting of a document header and a document body. The header metadata Attribute values are grouped into Modules such as "Patient", "General Study" in PS3.3.

The SR Document Content Module (Section C.17.3 in PS3.3 ) contains the Attributes for the root Content Item, which includes the coded report title. The Content Tree (structured content) of the document body is contained in the nested Content Sequence Items of that Module. "Container" Content Items are part of the Content Sequence. They are structural elements of the SR document body structure. Content items are DICOM SR document nodes within the Content Tree that are connected through "by-value" relationships (for Enhanced SR IODs). The transformations defined in this Part do not support the use of "by-reference" relationships between Content Items.

SR Document Structure

Figure A.3-1. SR Document Structure


A.3.1 Header

The Modules used in a DICOM SR are defined by the Information Object Definition (IOD). A particular DICOM SR template may be encoded using a variety of DICOM SR IODs, depending on the features supported by the template and used by a particular instance. Each SR IOD constrains the Value Types and Relationship Types that are permitted. The Enhanced SR IOD is sufficient to encode TID 1500 instances unless 3D patient-relative coordinates (rather than 2D image-relative coordinates or segmentations) are used to define regions of interest on images, in which case use of the Comprehensive 3D SR IOD or Extensible SR IOD would be required.

Table A.3.1-1 summarizes the Modules common to the SR IODs that can encode the TID 1500 as specified in PS3.3.

Table A.3.1-1. Transformation of DICOM SR IOD Modules

IE

Module

Reference

Usage

Transformation

Patient

Patient

C.7.1.1

M

Section A.6.1.1.1

Clinical Trial Subject

C.7.1.3

U

Section A.6.1.1.2

Study

General Study

C.7.2.1

M

Section A.6.1.1.3

Patient Study

C.7.2.2

U

Section A.6.1.1.4

Clinical Trial Study

C.7.2.3

U

Section A.6.1.1.5

Series

SR Document Series

C.17.1

M

Section A.6.1.1.6

Clinical Trial Series

C.7.3.2

U

Section A.6.1.1.7

Equipment

General Equipment

C.7.5.1

M

Section A.6.1.1.8

Document

SR Document General

C.17.2

M

Section A.6.1.1.9

SR Document Content

C.17.3

M

Section A.6.1.1.10

SOP Common

C.12.1

M

Section A.6.1.1.11


Patient Module

The Patient Module specifies the Attributes of the Patient that describe and identify the Patient who is the subject of a Study. This Module contains Attributes of the patient that are needed for interpretation of the Image and are common for all studies performed on the patient.

Clinical Trial Subject Module

The Clinical Trial Subject Module contains Attributes that identify a Patient as a clinical trial Subject.

General Study Module

The General Study Module specifies the Attributes that describe and identify the Study performed upon the Patient.

Patient Study Module

The Patient Study Module defines the Attributes that provide information about the Patient at the time the Study was performed.

Clinical Trial Study Module

The Clinical Trial Study Module contains Attributes that identify a Study in the context of a clinical trial.

SR Document Series Module

The SR Document Series Module defines the Attributes of the SR Document Series. A Series of SR Documents may contain any number of SR Documents.

Clinical Trial Series Module

The Clinical Trial Series Module contains Attributes that identify a Series in the context of a clinical trial.

General Equipment Module

The General Equipment Module specifies the Attributes that identify and describe the piece of equipment that produced a Series of Composite Instances.

SR Document General Module

The SR Document General Module defines the general Attributes of an SR Document Instance. These Attributes identify the SR Document and provide context for the entire document.

SOP Common Module

The SOP Common Module defines the Attributes that are required for proper functioning and identification of the associated SOP Instances.

SR Document Content Module

The Attributes in this Module convey the content of an SR Document. It specifies the root Content Item and the Content Tree (refer to Figure A.3-1).

DICOM PS3.21 2019c - Transformations between DICOM and other Representations