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DICOM Support in the Image Processing Toolbox

The Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) Standard is a joint project of the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). The standard facilitates interoperability of medical imaging equipment by specifying a set of media storage services, a file format, and a medical directory structure to facilitate access to the images and related information stored on interchange media. For detailed information about the standard, see the official DICOM web site.

MATLAB® provides the following support for working with files in the DICOM format:

  • Reading files that comply with the DICOM standard

  • Writing three different types of DICOM files, or DICOM information objects (IOD), with validation:

    • Secondary capture (default)

    • Magnetic resonance

    • Computed tomography

  • Writing many more types of DICOM files without validation, by setting the createmode flag to 'copy' when writing data to a file.


MATLAB supports working with DICOM files. There is no support for working with DICOM network capabilities.