What is DICOM used for?

DICOM is a global Information Technology standard that is used in virtually all hospitals worldwide. Its current structure, which was developed in 1993, is designed to ensure the interoperability of systems used to:

  • Produce,
  • Store,
  • Display,
  • Send,
  • Query
  • Process,
  • Retrieve,
  • Print

medical images and derived structured documents, as well as to manage related workflow.

Physicians have better access to images and reports when DICOM standards are in place. This allows them to make a faster diagnosis, potentially from anywhere in the world.

For manufacturers of imaging equipment and imaging information systems, DICOM conformance ensures that every medical imaging facility is a potential customer, because your equipment can work with any workflow or electronic health record systems.

Patients can potentially obtain faster and more effective care when the DICOM standard is used to send their information through the healthcare enterprise.

Who needs DICOM?

Hospitals, clinics, imaging centers and specialists. By purchasing only equip- ment and information systems that con- form to the DICOM Standard, you can ensure that these tools will work together to produce, manage and distribute your images regardless of your previous, current or future vendors.

Manufacturers of peripheral equipment (e.g., film scanners, printers, computer monitors and workstations, image archives). DICOM conformance ensures that your products can work with all cur- rent or future imaging modalities and re- lated peripheral equipment – regardless of vendor.

Payers benefit from this faster and more effective process through potentially lowered cost of care.

DICOM’s purpose is to meet each of these diverse requirements.