DICOMThe Standard Foundation for Imaging & Image Management


The Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) Standard describes the means of formatting and exchanging medical images and image related information to facilitate the connectivity of medical devices and systems.
The DICOM Standard endorsed by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) is a result of joint efforts of users and manufacturers of medical imaging and healthcare information technology.


DICOM defines formats & exchange mechanisms for

  • Images
  • Findings, Measurements & Reports (Clinical Documentation)
  • Waveforms

DICOM enables the connectivity and exchange of data between

  • Image Acquisition Devices / Modalities: X-Ray, CT, MR, NM, US
  • Diagnostic Workstations
  • Image Management Systems (PACS)
  • Storage and Archive Products
  • Radiology Information Systems (RIS)
  • Cardiology Information Systems (CIS)
  • Radiation Therapy Planning Systems

The DICOM Conformance Statements specify the details about the implementation of the DICOM standard for specific products.

The DICOM Standard is under continuous maintenance, the current official version is available at:
DICOM Home Page

Contact: DICOM at Siemens Healthineers
Siemens Healthineers DICOM  dicom.team@siemens-healthineers.com

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