European Radiology

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 920–927 | Cite as

Introduction to the DICOM standard

  • Peter Mildenberger
  • Marco Eichelberg
  • Eric Martin
Computer Applications


Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine (DICOM) has become one of the most popular standards in medicine. In the beginning, DICOM was used for communication of image data between different systems. Actual developments of the standardisation enables increasingly more DICOM-based services for the integration of modalities and information systems (e.g. RIS, PACS). In this article a review of the historical background, the technological concept, the organizational structure and current developments is given.

DICOM RIS PACS Information management 


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© Springer-Verlag 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Mildenberger
    • 1
  • Marco Eichelberg
    • 2
  • Eric Martin
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, University Hospital Mainz, Langenbeckstrasse 1, 55131 Mainz, GermanyGermany
  2. 2.OFFIS (Oldenburger Forschungs- und Entwicklungsinstitut für Informatik-Werkzeuge und -Systeme, Escherweg 2, 26121 Oldenburg, GermanyGermany
  3. 3.Siemens Corp. Research, 755 College Road, East Princeton NJ 08540, USAUSA

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