Creating and Loading a Data Set

To create and load a Data Set from an existing DICOM file, you begin by creating an instance of the DicomDataSet class. You can then use DicomDataSet.Load to load the Data Set.

At this point, you are ready to get information about the Data Set, traverse the Data Set, search for specific Modules or elements, get/set data values, add Modules or elements or delete Modules or elements.

As a short example, the code shown below does the following:

By comparing the displayed values for the Module number, Data Element Tag, and Value Representation to their respective default tables, you can determine which Module, element and Value Representation are present.

C#
// Make sure you add references to: 
 //  Leadtools.Dicom.dll 
 //  Leadtools.Dicom.Tables.dll 
 
 DicomDataSet dataSet; 
 int Count = 0; 
 DicomModule Module = null; 
 DicomElement Element = null; 
 string cs = string.Empty; 
 
 DicomEngine.Startup(); 
 
 // Create new DicomDataSet 
 dataSet = new DicomDataSet(); 
 // Load the DICOM Data Set 
 dataSet.Load(ImagesPath.Path + "IMAGE1.dcm", 0); 
 // Determine the number of modules in this dataset 
 Count = dataSet.ModuleCount; 
 
 // Find the first module on Level 0 of the Data Set tree 
 Module = dataSet.FindModuleByIndex(0); 
 if (Module != null) 
 { 
    Element = Module.Elements[0]; 
    // Print the information 
    string csFormat = "" + 
        "This data set has {0:D} modules. \n" + 
        "  First Module Type: {1}\n" +  
        "  First Module Element Count: {2:D} \n " + 
        "  The first element of the first module: \n" + 
        "     Length: {3:D}\n" +  
        "     Tag: {4:X} \n" + 
        "     VR: {5:X}"; 
    cs = string.Format(csFormat, Count, Module.Type.ToString(), Module.Elements.Length, Element.Length, Element.Tag, Element.VR.ToString()); 
    MessageBox.Show(cs, "Notice"); 
 } 
 else 
    MessageBox.Show( "Module is NULL", "Notice"); 
 
 // Release all resources used by the DICOM DataSet 
 dataSet.Dispose(); 

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