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DCM - Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine Image File

What is a DCM file

DCM files were created by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) as a standard file format for the creation and storage of various body scans done for medical purposes. The files are now a universal format for viewing patient scans.

DCM files developed by DICOM or Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine, is a file type created with the aim to distribute and view medical images using a standardized file format. MRI's, CT scans, ultrasound images, and other body scans are stored using this format along with the patient's data and related information.

Here's a small, but not exhaustive list of programs that can open DCM documents:

  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • ACD Systems Canvas 15
  • DicomWorks
  • ezDICOM
  • MRIcro
  • IrfanView
  • OsiriX Imaging Software
  • MeVisLab
  • MRIcro
  • ImageMagick
  • GIMP