An Overview of the DICOM File Format

The following topics provide general information about the DICOM File Format. It is designed to help familiarize you with DICOM. For more detailed information on the DICOM File Format, you should refer to the DICOM Standard, published by the

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Related Topics

Basic DICOM File Structure
Data Element Fields
Value Representations
Value Multiplicity (VM) and Delimitation
Data Element Structure
Group Length
Big Endian versus Little Endian Byte Ordering
Data Element Type
Nesting of Data Sets
Item Encoding Rules
Delimitation of the Sequence of Items
Repeating Groups
Retired Data Elements
Private Data Elements
Encoding of Pixel Data
Pixel Data Encoding of Related Data Elements
Native or Encapsulated Format Encoding
Unique Identifiers
Information Object Definitions
Composite IOD
Normalized IOD
Multi-frame Functional Groups
Normalized and Composite SOP Classes
Private Data Element Tags
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