Controlling Printer Smoothing

Printers differ greatly in their default behaviour for smoothing/interpolating pixel data. DICOM does provide a mechanism for this to be controlled by the print SCU, but printers do vary in how they interpret and implement this functionality.

If you find that a printout is showing the native resolution of the image (which users will think looks "pixilated", as they often don't understand how low resolution the original image really is!), then you can try adding attribute 2010,0060 to either the FilmBox or ImageBox datasets of the DicomPrint object - e.g.:


Alternative values are:

Simply enlarge each pixel - giving a blocky appearance to enlarged pixels
Simple interpolation
Conventional interpolation
Generally interpreted to mean 1:1 between input and output pixels

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