Loads the bitmap of a Pixel Data element into a BITMAPHANDLE.


#include "Ltdic.h"

L_LTDIC_API L_UINT16 L_DicomGetImage(hDS, pElement, pBitmap, uStructSize, nIndex, nBitsPerPixel, uFlags, pfnCallback, pUserData)



A DICOM handle.


Pointer to a DICOMELEMENT structure within the Data Set.


Pointer to the bitmap handle that references the loaded bitmap.

L_UINT uStructSize

Size in bytes, of the structure pointed to by pBitmap, for versioning. Use sizeof(BITMAPHANDLE).

L_UINT32 nIndex

Index value that indicates which frame in a Pixel Data element to get. To get the last image in the Pixel Data element, use ELEMENT_INDEX_MAX

L_INT32 nBitsPerPixel

Resulting bitmap pixel depth. Possible values are:

Value Meaning
0 Keep the original file's pixel depth (Do not convert).
1 to 8 The specified bits per pixel in the resulting bitmap
12 12 bits per pixel in the resulting bitmap.
16 16 bits per pixel in the resulting bitmap
24 24 bits per pixel in the resulting bitmap
32 32 bits per pixel in the resulting bitmap

L_UINT uFlags

Flags which control the behavior of this function. Possible values are:

Value Meaning
DICOM_GETIMAGE_AUTO_LOAD_OVERLAYS [0x0001] If set, the function will automatically extract the overlays included in the dataset and add them to the loaded image.
DICOM_GETIMAGE_AUTO_APPLY_MODALITY_LUT [0x0002] If set, the function will automatically apply the "Modality LUT" when loading the image.
DICOM_GETIMAGE_AUTO_APPLY_VOI_LUT [0x0004] If set, the function will automatically apply the "VOI LUT" when loading the image.
DICOM_GETIMAGE_ALLOW_RANGE_EXPANSION [0x0008] (Deprecated, do not use) If set, the function will adjust the high bit and/or low bit (if possible) inside the image handle in order to hold the range of pixel values after applying the modality LUT.
DICOM_GETIMAGE_AUTO_SCALE_MODALITY_LUT [0x0010] If set, the function will scale the resulting pixel data to fit within the range of 0 to 2^BitsPerPixel-1 if any of the values would exceed that range.
DICOM_GETIMAGE_AUTO_SCALE_VOI_LUT [0x0020] Only used in conjunction with DICOM_GETIMAGE_AUTO_SCALE_MODALITY_LUT. If set, the function will rescale the VOI LUT to match the rescale that was performed by DICOM_GETIMAGE_AUTO_SCALE_MODALITY_LUT.
DICOM_GETIMAGE_AUTODETECT_INVALID_RLE_COMPRESSION [0x0040] For RLE compressed, automatically detects if the MSB and LSB segments are written in the incorrect order.
DICOM_GETIMAGE_RLE_SWAP_SEGMENTS [0x0080] Swaps the MSB and LSB segments when loading RLE compressed data. This flag can be used to load RLE compressed data that is stored incorrectly in this manner. Note that users should use this flag only in instances where it is known that the RLE compressed data is stored incorrectly. To automatically detect/correct incorrectly stored RLE compressed data, pass the DICOM_GETIMAGE_AUTODETECT_INVALID_RLE_COMPRESSION flag instead.
DICOM_GETIMAGE_VOI_LUT_PAINT_ONLY [0x0200] Automatically applies the "VOI LUT" when loading the image, but only for display purposes
DICOM_GETIMAGE_USE_DISK [0x0400] Allocates the memory for loading the image using hard disk space (if possible).
DICOM_GETIMAGE_FROM_FLTLOAD [0x8000] Internal Use Only.
DICOM_GETIMAGE_KEEP_COLOR_PALETTE [0x10000] When Photometric Interpretation is 'PALETTE COLOR', returns a grayscale image with a color palette. Without this flag, 'PALETTE COLOR' images are converted to 24-RGB
DICOM_GETIMAGE_RESERVED1 [0x20000] Internal Use Only.


Optional callback function for additional processing.

The callback function must adhere to the function prototype described in FILEREADCALLBACK Function.

L_VOID *pUserData

Void pointer that you can use to pass one or more additional parameters that the callback function needs.

To use this feature, assign a value to a variable or create a structure that contains as many fields as you need. Then, in this parameter, pass the address of the variable or structure, casting it to L_VOID *. The callback function, which receives the address in its own pUserData parameter, can cast it to a pointer of the appropriate data type to access your variable or structure. If the additional parameters are not needed, you can pass NULL in this parameter.


Value Meaning
DICOM_SUCCESS The function was successful.
>0 An error occurred. Refer to Return Codes.


L_DicomGetImage will only update the BITMAPHANDLE structure with data pertaining to the image. Therefore, some fields, such as XResolution and YResolution, will not be updated or will be updated with default values.

If pElement is NULL, this function will load any image within the file, based on the nIndex parameter.

If DICOM_GETIMAGE_ALLOW_RANGE_EXPANSION is set in uFlags, note the following example:

For the following attributes:

Attribute Value
Bits allocated 16
Bits stored 12
Pixel Range 0 - +4095
Pixel Representation is unsigned (0)
Photometric Interpretation is MONOCHROME2
Rescale Slope 1
Rescale Intercept -1024

After applying the rescale slope and the intercept:

Output minimum pixel value = (0 * 1 +(-1024)) = -1024

Output maximum pixel value = (4095 * 1 + (-1024)) = 3071

The new pixel value range (1024 to 3071) cannot be represented with the current bits stored (12 bits), which can only represent values in the range (2048 to 2048). In this case the function will change the high bit inside the bitmap handle to be 12 instead of 11 (bits stored becomes 13), which can represent values in the range (8192 to 8191).

L_DicomGetImage will not be able to update the high bit and/or low bit if the number of bits stored was already equal to the number of bits allocated.

If the DICOM dataset has a Multi-frame Functional Groups module, some VOI LUT information will be read from the correspondingFrame VOI LUT Sequence, and some Modality LUT information will be read from the corresponding Pixel Value Transformation Sequence.

The specific elements that are read is shown below:

Tag Name
(0028,9132) Frame VOI LUT Sequence Child Elements:
(0028,1050) Window Center
(0028,1051) Window Width
(0028,1055) Window Center & Width Explanation
(0028,9145) Pixel Value Transformation Sequence child elements:
(0028,1052) Rescale Intercept
(0028,1053) Rescale Slope
(0028,1054) Rescale Type

For a detailed discussion on Multi-frame Functional Groups and how the DICOM_SET_IMAGE_MFG flags are used, see the topic Multi-frame Functional Groups.

Required DLLs and Libraries


Win32, x64, Linux.

See Also




This example fills a bitmap with an image from the Data Set

L_INT DicomGetImageExample(L_VOID) 
   HDICOMDS      hDS; 
   pDICOMELEMENT pElement; 
   L_UINT16 nRet; 
   hDS = L_DicomCreateDS(NULL); 
   nRet = L_DicomLoadDS(hDS, MAKE_IMAGE_PATH(TEXT("Image1.dcm")), 0); 
   if (nRet != DICOM_SUCCESS) 
      return nRet; 
   pElement = L_DicomFindFirstElement(hDS, NULL, TAG_PIXEL_DATA, FALSE); 
   if (pElement != NULL) 
      nRet = L_DicomGetImage(hDS, 
      if (nRet != DICOM_SUCCESS) 
         return nRet; 
   return DICOM_SUCCESS; 

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