Digital Imaging & Communication in Medicine DICOM is the main standard used in medical imaging, and is the main purpose of DicomObjects HISTORY Both the ACR (American College of Radiology) and NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) jointly created a standard called ACR-NEMA. This “standard” was introduced around 1985 to simply ensure that imaging equipment had a unified method of connectivity. This was considered version 1.0. In 1988, version 2.0 was created, and in 1992, version 3.

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This page contains links to various sources of information about healthcare information interchange standards. DICOM DICOM stands for “DIgital COmmunication in Medicine” and it is the universally accepted standard for exchange of radiological images (X-ray, ultrasound, CT, MRI etc.), but it is also used for other medical imaging, such as dermatology, ophthalmology and even pathology. It specifies all aspects of the data exchange process, from low level formatting and image compression, to templates for different types of images, and it even has its own (very complex) network protocol.

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