DICOM SDK Libraries

LEADTOOLS includes a wide range of development tools to create entire DICOM-compatible applications that include DICOM data sets, directory (DICOMDIR), secure communication, security, 2D and 3D viewers, video playback and medical-specific image viewing and processing. Developers creating .NET Framework, .NET MAUI, Xamarin, UWP, C++ Class Library, C#, VB, C/C++, Java, Objective-C, Swift, and HTML / JavaScript apps can create, load, and save all IOD classes within the DICOM Specifications and Supplements.

Versatile and robust DICOM Libraries

Complete DICOM Data Set Library

The LEADTOOLS DICOM libraries are indispensable for programmers working on applications for medical and other life sciences industries. Following the latest DICOM specification, the DICOM APIs support all IODs with or without optional modules and elements. Additionally, the libraries support all transfer syntaxes, native model (XML and JSON), ANSI, Unicode, and multi-language character support to load and save ideographic and phonetic characters within the same DICOM element. Read more about the LEADTOOLS DICOM Data Set libraries.

Libraries with DICOM viewer controls

DICOM Viewer Controls

DICOM Viewer Control

The LEADTOOLS DICOM Viewer is a high-level component to add medical image display technology to applications such as view stations, teleradiology solutions, and high-end diagnostic workstations. The DICOM Viewer control is available for most platforms, including .NET, C/C++, iOS, macOS, and Android.

HTML5/JavaScript Zero-footprint DICOM Viewer

The LEADTOOLS HTML5/JavaScript Zero-footprint DICOM Viewer is a fully implemented customizable web application that is perfect for any developer that needs a fast, lightweight DICOM viewer that includes the features 3D volume rendering, DICOM Overlay and Softcopy Presentation State.

PACS Workstation Framework

The PACS Workstation Framework is a comprehensive framework that includes .NET components, 2D and 3D Workstation Viewer, and an OEM-ready PACS Workstation solution. It is the culmination of more than 19 years of medical-imaging development experience and direct collaboration with health care institutions to create a product that meets the real-world requirements of hospitals, practices, and radiology/imaging departments.

Annotation libraries for DICOM images

DICOM and Medical Image Annotation Libraries

A broad range of DICOM and medical image annotation objects are included in the Medical Image Viewer and Medical Workstation Viewer controls. These medical image annotations can be added to DICOM, bitonal, color, and grayscale images, either on a presentation layer or burned into the image data. They are perfect for highlighting areas of interest and redacting private information. Access to edit annotations or view private information can be control with user-level passwords. Flexible annotation object storage options include DICOM data sets (Grayscale Softcopy Presentation State), image files, separate annotation files, database, memory, and XML.

  • Audio
  • Video
  • Cross Product
  • Encryption
  • Freehand
  • Pointer
  • Polyruler
  • Protractor
  • Redaction
  • Ruler
  • Text
  • Text Pointer
Libraries with DICOM edit control

DICOM Edit Control

The LEADTOOLS DICOM Edit Control leverages LEADTOOLS internal DICOM dictionaries (e.g., IOD and Tag tables) to provide visual cues to the user about the requirements of a specific tag with respect to the IOD class, data type allowed, and additional information about the use of the tag. Users can also associate a set of predefined values that are allowed for a tag. The values can be based on restrictions imposed by the DICOM standard or implementation specific restrictions.

  • Built-in graphical user interface (GUI) elements enhance display of DICOM data set information
    • Tool tips
    • Selection Lists
    • Data Validation
  • Simplifies the creation and maintenance of valid DICOM data sets by enforcing IOD classes and definitions from the DICOM standards
  • Perfect for use in both modality workstations and administrative front-office applications to create and edit supplemental DICOM data sets
    • MPPS
    • Key Image Notes
    • Presentation State
    • Structured Report
    • Secondary Capture
Libraries with DICOM digital signature support

DICOM Digital Signature API

The LEADTOOLS DICOM libraries include APIs to create, search, enumerate, get information, and verify digital signatures in the main DICOM data set and in an Item of a Sequence of Items. You can specify the MAC calculation Transfer Syntax UID, MAC Algorithm, Data Elements to be signed, and Digital Signature Security Profile to conform.

The LEADTOOLS DICOM library includes these digital signature profiles:

  • Base RSA Digital Signature Profile
  • Creator RSA Digital Signature Profile
  • Authorization RSA Digital Signature Profile
Libraries with DICOM waveform support

Comprehensive DICOM Waveform API

LEADTOOLS DICOM libraries include waveform API support that is comprehensive and handles the various features described by the DICOM standard, including:

  • Management of Waveform Group attributes
  • Channel manipulation (setting/getting channel samples, source, sensitivity, and other attributes)
  • Audio support (with the ability to create Basic Voice Audio files for report dictation)
  • Waveform annotations

In addition, LEADTOOLS supports all of the waveform related IODs defined in DICOM, including:

  • Basic Voice Audio
  • 12-Lead Electrocardiogram
  • General Electrocardiogram
  • Ambulatory Electrocardiogram
  • Hemodynamic
Anonymize DICOM files

DICOM Anonymization API

LEADTOOLS DICOM libraries provide classes and APIs to anonymize DICOM and redact overlays and pixel data.

Libraries with DICOM and PACS communications

PACS and DICOM Communications Libraries

The LEADTOOLS DICOM Communication SDK library provides DICOM communications components that simplify the creation of DICOM client/server applications, such as PACS, with complete implementations for all DICOM service classes such as Verification, Query/Retrieve, Storage, and Patient Management.

PACS Framework

The LEADTOOLS high-level PACS Framework builds upon the LEADTOOLS DICOM Communications classes with high-level client (SCU) and server (SCP) class implementations . These classes encapsulate LEAD's years of medical-imaging development experience and provide an extensible, programmer-friendly framework for rapid application and system development.

PACS Workstation Framework

The LEADTOOLS PACS Workstation Framework is a set of .NET Framework, .NET MAUI, Xamarin, UWP, C++ Class Library, C#, VB, C/C++, Java, Objective-C, Swift, and HTML / JavaScript components that can be used to build a full-featured PACS Workstation application. This comprehensive framework is the result of more than a 19 years of development experience from direct collaboration with medical institutions working to meet the requirements of hospitals and practices.

DICOM Storage Server Framework

The LEADTOOLS DICOM Storage Server Framework is a collection of .NET PACS components engineered to quickly build robust, feature-rich, and secure DICOM Storage Server applications. The framework is a perfect solution for both developers and IT staff because of its fully functional, OEM-ready application. This gives implementers a PACS solution they can use right out of the box. For developers, the source code to the application is provided for easy branding and customization.

DICOM Communications Security

LEADTOOLS includes comprehensive DICOM security and encryption APIs for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, iOS, Web, .NET Framework, .NET MAUI, Xamarin, UWP, C++ Class Library, C#, VB, C/C++, Java, Objective-C, Swift, and HTML / JavaScript developers. With full support for part 15 of the DICOM specification, including BCP195 and TLS 1.2, developers can encrypt sensitive data sent between DICOM nodes, using the TLS and ISCL secure transport connection profiles. LEADTOOLS DICOM Security libraries eliminate the need of a VPN to secure communication and comply with HIPAA regulations.

DICOM Development Made Easy

Easy to Integrate

LEADTOOLS handles the heavy lifting, eliminating months of R&D, while giving you the best quality and performance available. You'll be free to focus on other components of your application. Download the LEADTOOLS evaluation to streamline your development.

Cross platform libraries

DICOM SDK Platforms and Programming Interfaces

Operating Systems

Projects that use LEADTOOLS DICOM libraries can be deployed to Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, iOS, and Web devices.


Developers that are leveraging these frameworks can utilize the DICOM SDK: .NET Framework, .NET MAUI, Xamarin, UWP, WinForms, C++ Class Library, ASP.NET, and Web Services / Web API (JSON, SOAP, REST)

Programming, Scripting, Markup

DICOM code snippets and demo applications are provided for the following: C#, VB, XAML, C/C++, Java, Objective-C, Swift, and HTML / JavaScript

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DICOM libraries as well as all LEADTOOLS Recognition, Document, Medical, Vector, and Imaging technologies for all development and target platforms, including Windows, Linux, and macOS.

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HTML5/JavaScript Medical Web Viewer Framework

A zero-footprint Medical viewer with light and dark themes to display DICOM images (pixel data) with window level, density removal, offset, scale, zoom, stack, annotation/markup, and multi-touch support for phone, tablet, and desktop.

It demonstrates zero-footprint 3D volume rendering of multiple volume types including VRT, MIP, MPR, and SSD in the Medical Web Viewer. The viewer does not require browser plugins, desktop utilities, or remote desktop clients and options for low-resolution and caching to speed up rendering and loading.

Note: If you have your own test images that you would like to upload into the application, contact support@leadtools.com to have a private user profile created.