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Introduction and Acknowledgements

This work is part of the National Alliance for Medical Image Computing (NA-MIC), funded by the National Institutes of Health through the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, Grant U54 EB005149. Information on NA-MIC can be obtained from the NA-MIC website.
Author: Steve Pieper, Isomics, Inc.
Contributor1: Michael Onken, Offis
Contributor2: Marco Nolden, DFKZ
Contributor3: Julien Finet, Kitware
Contributor4: Stephen Aylward, Kitware
Contributor5: Nicholas Herlambang, AZE
Contact: Steve Pieper, <email></email>

Isomics, Inc.  
National Alliance for Medical Image Computing (NA-MIC)  
Neuroimage Analysis Center (NAC)  
The Common Toolkit  

Module Description

  • A new DICOM infrastructure was put in place beginning with Slicer 4.0.
  • DICOM data is stored in a local data base, which is based on SQLite.
  • DICOM data can be imported from disk into this data base
  • DICOM data can be retrieved from a PACS system after proper configuration of Slicer.
  • DICOM data can be loaded into Slicer from the local database. A graphical user interface with display of thumbnails is available for data selection.
  • Plans for the near future, include support for storing data from slicer into the data base and uploading data from the data base into a PACS system.

Use Cases

DICOM module in use
DICOM Query dialog
DICOM Export dialog available from the context menu at the Study level of the DICOM tree (beta feature).

DICOM Concepts

DICOM Data on the File System

  • Click on import
  • Select the folder which contains the data

DICOM Networking

DICOM Organization

DICOM Loading and Plugins


Links to tutorials that use this module (not yet available)



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Similar modules

Loading Data


See the CTK web site for more information on the internals of the DICOM implementation. This tool uses the DCMTK DICOM library.

Information for Developers