The Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM): Description, Structure and Applications

  • Jinho Lim
  • Rashad Zein
Part of the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Series book series (MSES, volume 6)


This chapter is designed to introduce an exciting image data representation standard known as DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) in medical imaging community. DICOM is a global information standard that is used and soon will be used by virtually every medical profession that utilizes images within healthcare industry. It is designed to ensure the interoperability of systems used to produce, store, display, send, retrieve, query, or print medical images such as computed tomography (CT) scans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and ultrasound. DICOM Standard has also been developed to meet the needs of manufacturers and users of medical imaging equipment for interconnection of devices on standard networks. The daily operations of DICOM Standard are currently managed by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). We describe a brief history, structure, current applications, and its potential use as a tool in different industries in this chapter.


DICOM MRI CT Medical Imaging Radiotherapy Optimization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jinho Lim
    • 1
  • Rashad Zein
    • 1
  1. 1.Industrial Engineering DepartmentUniversity of HoustonHouston

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