Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine

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What is DICOM?

DICOM stands for Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine. It is a standard that establishes rules that allow medical images and associated information to be exchanged between imaging equipment from different vendors, computers, and hospitals. A computed tomography (CT) scanner produced by vendor A and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner produced by vendor B can send images to a PACS from vendor C using DICOM as a common language. In addition to storing image information, other DICOM standard services include query/retrieve, print management, scheduling of acquisition and notification of completion, and security profiles.

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