Encord Computer Vision Glossary


DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) is a standard for storing and transmitting medical images and related information. It is widely used in the healthcare industry to store, exchange, and transmit medical images, such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs, between different medical devices, such as scanners, servers, and workstations.

How is DICOM used in computer vision?

In the field of computer vision, DICOM is often used as a source of data for training and evaluating medical image analysis algorithms. For example, researchers might use DICOM datasets to train a machine learning model to classify different types of medical images or to detect abnormalities in images.

One advantage of DICOM is that it enables the uniform encoding and storage of medical pictures and related data, simplifying data sharing and analysis between various systems and devices. Additionally, it has other metadata sections that can be used to store extra details about the photos, like patient demographics and clinical information.

The ability to consistently represent and exchange medical images and accompanying data makes DICOM a significant standard in the fields of computer vision and medical image analysis.

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