#include "Ltdic.h"

L_UINT16 LDicomDS::LoadDS(pszName, nFlags)

Loads the Data Set from the specified file.


L_TCHAR *pszName

Character string that contains the name of the file.

L_UINT16 nFlags

Meta-header flags and Transfer Syntax flags that indicate the file characteristics to use when loading the file. Possible values for the Meta-header flags are:

Value Meaning
0 [0x0000] LEADTOOLS will automatically determine the presence or absence of the Meta-header.
DS_METAHEADER_PRESENT [0x0001] The header is present.
DS_METAHEADER_ABSENT [0x0002] The header is absent.

Possible values and combinations for the Transfer Syntax flags are:

Value Meaning
0 [0x0000] LEADTOOLS will automatically determine the Transfer Syntax.
DS_LITTLE_ENDIAN [0x0004] Byte order is Little Endian.
DS_BIG_ENDIAN [0x0008] Byte order is Big Endian.
DS_IMPLICIT_VR [0x0010] The Value Representation is implicit.
DS_EXPLICIT_VR [0x0020] The Value Representation is explicit.
DS_LITTLE_ENDIAN | DS_IMPLICIT_VR Little Endian Byte Order/Implicit Value Representation
DS_LITTLE_ENDIAN | DS_EXPLICIT_VR Little Endian Byte Order/Explicit Value Representation
DS_BIG_ENDIAN | DS_EXPLICIT_VR Big Endian Byte Order/Explicit Value Representation
DS_LOAD_CLOSE [0x0200] The complete dataset will be loaded into memory and the file handle closed.

Any of the available Meta-header flags given above may be combined with any of the available values or combinations of values for the Transfer Syntax flags given above. For example, you may combine DS_METAHEADER_ABSENT with DS_EXPLICIT_VR, or you may combine DS_METAHEADER_PRESENT with DS_BIG_ENDIAN | DS_EXPLICIT_VR, etc.


Value Meaning
>0 An error occurred. Refer to Return Codes.


You must call LDicomDS::LDicomDS to allocate memory for the Data Set, prior to calling this function.

If you know certain characteristics of the file, you can set those in nFlags. Any characteristic that you do not set will be automatically determined. For example, if you know that the metaheader is present, but you do not know the byte order, or whether the Value Representation is implicit or explicit, you can set only DS_METAHEADER_PRESENT in nFlags. During loading LEADTOOLS will determine the byte order and whether the byte order is implicit or explicit.

If you do not know any of the characteristics of the file, set nFlags to 0 and LEADTOOLS will automatically determine all the file characteristics and load the file accordingly.

If DS_LOAD_CLOSE is used, for large images, this may slow performance, however, the file handle will be released. If set to None, large images will load quickly,  and image traverse can begin immediately. However, until the file handle is released, nothing can be done to the image.

If DS_LOAD_CLOSE is not included in nFlags, the file will remain open until one of the following functions is called: LDicomDS::~LDicomDS, LDicomDS::ResetDS, LDicomDS::InitDS, or LDicomDS::LoadDS (again).

To load a data set from memory, call LDicomDS::LoadDSMemory.

Required DLLs and Libraries


Win32, x64

See Also




This example loads the Data Set from a file.

L_INT LDicomDS_LoadDSExample() 
   L_INT       nRet; 
   LDicomDS*   pDS; 
   pDS = new LDicomDS(NULL); 
   nRet = pDS->LoadDS(MAKE_IMAGE_PATH(TEXT("image1.dcm")), 0); 
   if(nRet != DICOM_SUCCESS) 
      return nRet; 
   delete pDS; 
   return DICOM_SUCCESS; 

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