The DICOM Image Quality, Networking, and Troubleshooting self-paced course provide an in-depth exploration of advanced concepts in Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM). This course is meticulously designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to assess and enhance image quality, understand DICOM encoding techniques, and troubleshoot issues related to image quality and network connectivity. Participants will gain valuable insights into selecting tools for image validation, making informed decisions about compression schemes, and configuring DICOM devices to ensure seamless communication within the network infrastructure. 

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Identify and select appropriate tools for verification and validation in DICOM imaging, ensuring accurate and reliable image quality assessment. 
  • Apply the knowledge of encoding techniques for overlays, text, and annotations in DICOM to effectively enhance and annotate medical images 
  • Differentiate between the various compression schemes specified in the DICOM standard, enabling informed decisions regarding image compression and storage. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot image quality and display issues in DICOM systems, diagnosing and resolving problems to ensure optimal image visualization. 
  • Configure DICOM devices with regard to addressing, ensuring proper communication and integration within the network infrastructure, and addressing any connectivity issues that may arise. 

Format/Class Structure

This course is self-paced, accessible completely online. You can expect to spend about 4 hours completing this course. 

Who Should Take This Course

This self-paced course is suitable for: 

  • Healthcare IT professionals seeking advanced knowledge and skills in DICOM image quality assessment, networking, and troubleshooting. 
  • Radiologic technologists and professionals involved in medical imaging aiming to enhance their expertise in optimizing image quality and resolving DICOM system issues. 

Content Outline

Module 1: Pixel pipeline and fusion

  • Pixel pipeline 
  • Fusion 
  • Registration 

Module 2: Presentation state and compression 

  • Overlays 
  • Greyscale and color 
  • Blended and extensions to presentations states 
  • Compression 

Module 3: Networking, configuration management, security

  • Networking 
  • Addressing 
  • Configuration management 
  • Security 

Module 4: Troubleshooting and test tools

  • Troubleshooting 
  • Active and passive test tools 
  • Sniffers and validators 
  • Adding a new modality 

CE Credit

The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine has approved this activity for 4.0 hours of SIIM IIP Credits towards certification and re-certification by the American Board of Imaging Informatics (ABII).

To receive credit for the activity, registrants must complete the course modules and survey.

Note: In order to receive credits for any events/learning you attend you must select your eligible credit types found in the CE & Certification section of your MySIIM Account profile.

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  • Data Sets & Management
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Interoperability
  • Standards
  • Systems Management
  • Training
  • Workflow & Productivity

Credit Amount


Credit Type


Non-Member Cost


Member Cost


Proficiency Level

Beginner, Intermediate

Delivery Type

  • On-Demand

Audience Type

  • Clinician
  • Developer
  • Imaging IT
  • Physician
  • Researcher/Scientist
  • Student Member in Training (SMIT)
  • Vendor


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