7 DCMR Context Group Specifications

Context Groups specify Value Set restrictions for Code Value (0008,0100) and Code Meaning (0008,0104) of Code Sequence Attributes for given functional or operational contexts. This Section specifies the semantics of DCMR Context Group Tables.

7.1 Context Group Table Field Definition

Context Groups are described using tables of the following form (optional columns are shown with italic column titles):

Type:

(Non-) Extensible

Version:

<yyyymmdd>

Table CID <#>. <Context Group Name>

Coding Scheme Designator

Coding Scheme Version

Code Value

Code Meaning

<Reference Terminology> Equivalent Value

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A row of a Context Group table specifies one coded concept. Each Context Group table is named by a title and identified by a CID number and version.

The columns of the tables consist of:

  • Coding Scheme Designator (0008,0102)

  • Code Value (0008,0100)

  • Code Meaning (0008,0104)

In those cases where it is necessary, Coding Scheme Version (0008,0103) may also be specified. This column may be absent if Coding Scheme Version is not required for any of the coded concepts in the Context Group.

The value specified in the Code Meaning field is an acceptable value for the specified code value, but does not preclude the use of other synonymous text in the same or other language.

Note

Some coding schemes such as LOINC do not specify the equivalent of a Code Meaning.

If further description of the concept represented by the code is required in the DCMR (rather than referring to an external coding scheme), it is included in a separate table.

An optional column may provide an informative mapping from the coded concepts of the Context Group to a reference terminology specified in the column heading.

A Context Group may alternatively be defined by narrative reference to an externally defined coding scheme.

Note

See for instance CID 82 “Units of Measurement”.