The DICOM Introduction, Data Formats, and Protocol self-paced course offer a comprehensive exploration of the foundational aspects of the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard. This course is meticulously designed to provide participants with a thorough understanding of DICOM, including its data formats, protocols, and essential principles. Participants will delve into the intricacies of DICOM to establish a solid foundation in medical imaging informatics. 

Learning Objectives 

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

  • Identify and categorize DICOM services based on image communication, image and information management, and image quality. 
  • Classify DICOM header attributes according to their type definitions (Value Representations). 
  • Break down a DICOM header into its modules and attributes for troubleshooting and corrections. 
  • Configure a device by applying knowledge of packet sizes, addressing, and transfer and abstract syntaxes used for communication. 
  • Analyze and resolve issues with the DICOM protocol. 

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 to establish a strong foundation in DICOM standards and data formats. 
  • Radiologic technologists and professionals involved in medical imaging aiming to enhance their knowledge of DICOM basics. 

Content Outline

Module 1: Introduction to DICOM 

  • Overview of DICOM 
  • DICOM components and their roles 
  • Levels and parts of the DICOM information model 
  • Conformance requirements 

 Module 2: Data Formats and Encoding 

  • Data formats and encoding of DICOM header and pixel data 
  • Breakdown of a DICOM header into attributes 
  • Common Value Representations (VRs) 
  • Tags and special attributes (sequences, codes, etc.) 
  • Enumerated values and defined terms 
  • Implicit and explicit VRs 

 Module 3: Protocols and Unique Identifiers 

  • DICOM protocols and their roles 
  • Addressing in DICOM 
  • SCU/SCP roles and associations negotiation 
  • Abstract Syntax and Transfer Syntax 
  • Presentation context and ACSE/DIMSE 
  • SOP Class concept and UIDs

Module 4: Image Objects 

  • Single-frame, multi-frame, and enhanced image objects 
  • Secondary Capture and PDF objects 
  • Enhanced SOP Classes 
  • Specimen encoding 
  • Special image objects (CIIP, VET, DICONDE) 

Module 5: Troubleshooting and Tips 

  • Common issues with DICOM communication 
  • Troubleshooting techniques and tools 
  • Tips and tricks for efficient DICOM usage 
  • Resources for further learning and support 

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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Topic

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

Credit Amount

4

Credit Type

IIP

Non-Member Cost

$400.00

Member Cost

$340.00

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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