How to make DICOM files from external Images

Very often we get questions about how to create DICOM files from externally imported images, such as BMP, JPG and Tiff, etc. Following are things which we have done for you during the file import and things you need to fill in to make the output a VALID DICOM file.

API file import call to import external images:



Please note all group and element numbers below are in Hex format.


Attributes already set by DicomObjects during File Import:

(0008,0018) : SOP Instance UID
(0020,000D) : Study Instance UID
(0020,000E) : Series Instance UID
(0028,0002) : Samples per Pixel
(0028,0004) : Photometric Interpretation
(0028,0006) : Planar Configuration
(0028,0010) : Rows             
(0028,0011) : Columns      
(0028,0100) : Bits Allocated
(0028,0101) : Bits Stored
(0028,0102) : High Bit
(0028,0103) : Pixel Representation
(0028,1050) : Window Centre
(0028,1051) : Window Width
(7FE0,0010) : Pixel Data

Attributes you need to set before writing the Image out:

And use one of the following methods to add new attributes:


Type 1 attributes

(MUST be present and MUST have valid value):

(0008,0016) : SOP Class UID   : 1.2.840.10008.
(0008,0064) : Conversion Type :
                                DV = Digitised Video
                                DI = Digital Interface
                                DF = Digitised Film
                                WSD = Workstation
                                SD = Scanned Document
                                SI = Scanned Image
                                DRW = Drawing
                                SYN = Synthetic Image

Type 2 attributes

(MUST be present but can have null value)

(0010,0010) : Patient Name
(0010,0020) : Patient ID
(0010,0030) : Patient Date of Birth
(0010,0040) : Patient Sex
(0008,0020) : Study Date
(0008,0030) : Study Time
(0008,0050) : Accession Number
(0008,0090) : Referring Physician's Name
(0020,0010) : Study ID
(0020,0011) : Series Number 
(0020,0013) : Instance Number 
(0020,0020) : Patient Orientation

Then call one of the following methods to write image onto disk:


Note: For anybody who wishes to import external images and write them out as DICOM image files, we strongly suggest you to use DVT to validate your output files before you starting to use them or send them elsewhere.