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

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  1. Basic DICOM File Structure
  2. Value Multiplicity (VM) and Delimitation
  3. Data Element Fields
  4. Value Representations
  5. Data Element Structure
  6. Group Length
  7. Big-Endian versus Little Endian Byte Ordering
  8. Data Element Type
  9. Nesting of Data Sets
  10. Item Encoding Rules
  11. Delimitation of the Sequence of Items
  12. Repeating Groups
  13. Retired Data Elements
  14. Private Data Elements
  15. Private Data Element Tags
  16. Encoding of Pixel Data
  17. Pixel Data Encoding of Related Data Elements
  18. Native or Encapsulated Format Encoding
  19. Compression
  20. Unique Identifiers
  21. Information Object Definitions