www.medical-image-processing.info The Resource for Medical Image Processing on the Internet
The Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard was created by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). Its aim is to support the distribution and viewing of medical images from CT, MRI and other medical modalities. The DICOM format is an extension of the older NEMA standard. A DICOM file contains a header and the image data. The header stores information about the patient's name, the type of scan, position and dimension of image and lots of other data. The image data part contains all the image information. The ANALYZE format stores the haeder (*.hdr) and the image data (*.img) in separate files. The DICOM image data can be compressed - in contrast to ANALYZE data - either lossless or lossy in order to reduce disk space. DICOM is the common standard for scans from hospitals.
Being a developer for medical imaging? Looking for DICOM components?
Build your own DICOM viewer with just a view lines of code. Read and display DICOM files like MVE.
The 3D Slicer is freely available, open-source software for visualization, registration, segmentation, and quantification of medical data, programmed in JAVA. Development of the Slicer is an ongoing collaboration between the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab and the Surgical Planning Lab at Brigham & Women's Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.
For DICOM datasets look at the "Download" page. There are several samples listed.