India's first DICOM website!
What on earth is DICOM?
is a Standard. a set of rules.
It allows exchange of images and associated information between imaging
machines, computers & hospitals.
Medical scanners like Ultra-sound, CT (Computed Tomography), MRI (Magnetic
Resonance Imaging), X-ray..
store & exchange the patient images and data in a special format called DICOM. i.e.., Medical Scanners can
only understand DICOM language and you need to speak in their language in order to get your work done.
Got it? If you are developing a software to view the patient's scanned
images and related data, you need to
communicate with the scanner in DICOM and get the image!
DICOM standard was originally developed by the members
of the American College of Cardiology and
American College of Radiology with the companies that manufacture
medical equipment (members of the
National Electrical Manufacturer's Association - NEMA) in 1984, and it
was originally called the ACR/NEMA
standard. Now, DICOM has been
adopted as a required national or international standard in Europe and
and as a voluntary standard in the rest of the world. In Europe,
it is known by the name, MEDICOM.
To learn the basics of DICOM, see:
I decided to start this site
for two reasons:
1. My interest in DICOM in
building my career in it.
2. To share information and that would motivate others
DICOM standard has now been implemented in an increasing number of
medical products from various
vendors. DICOM is emerging as
'the common protocol' for medical image communication - Worldwide
rapid adoption of DICOM by the medical imaging industry is opening new
health care organizations to increase the quality and cost effectiveness
of patient care.
In the near future, all medical scanners
will speak only in DICOM. Medical industry in India is one of the fast
will be a demand for skilled DICOM
professionals in India !!
You are welcome to post your articles related to
medical informatics in this site and I'll add your name in
DICOM Gurus link!
You are also welcome to post your
suggestions or comments to me.