SecretariatInternational Dermoscopy Society
ChairLiam Caffery, University of Queensland
Josep Malvehy, University of Barcelona
Last strategy update2019-06-03
MinutesWG-19 minutes


To develop a DICOM Supplement for dermoscopy imaging. The supplement will define a Dermoscopy Image IOD, a Dermoscopy Image Storage SOP class, and if required, define new DICOM attributes.

Current Supplements, Work and Objectives

A New Work Item Proposal (NWIP) for a dermoscopy supplement has been approved by the DSC.

Parts of the DICOM Standard Affected

PS3.3 Information Object Definition
PS3.6 Data Dictionary
PS3.16 Content Mapping Resource

Challenges and Opportunities (Environment)


  • The biggest challenge is inexperience in the group.


Standardization of metadata for dermatologic imaging is essential to ensure that dermatologic images are properly managed and interpreted.  There are two standards-based approaches to recording and storing metadata in dermatologic imaging. The first uses standard consumer image file formats, and the second is the file format and metadata model developed for the Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine (DICOM) standard.  DICOM would appear to provide an advantage over using consumer image file formats for metadata as it includes all the patient, study, and technical metadata necessary to use images clinically. Whereas, consumer image file formats only include technical metadata and need to be used in conjunction with another actor—for example, an electronic medical record—to supply the patient and study metadata. The use of DICOM may have some ancillary benefits in dermatologic imaging including leveraging DICOM network and workflow services, interoperability of images and metadata, leveraging existing enterprise imaging infrastructure, greater patient safety, and better compliance to legislative requirements for image retention.

Future Roadmap and Objectives (WG Direction)

  • Currently dermoscopy is the only approved work item.
  • Future work items proposal will be for total body photography and reflectance confocal microscopy.
  • The group aim to have a draft supplement prepared by Q1 2020

Past Work:

  • There is no past work.