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  • Hardcover: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2nd ed. 2012 edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3642108490
  • ISBN-13: 978-3642108495
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book covers the structure and application of the DICOM standard in enough detail to be helpful to the general user of medical images, as well as to a programmer who is developing an image management system. … the text can also serve as a reference for those getting more involved with applications that use DICOM or those who want to develop their own DICOM application. … I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the DICOM standard." (Donald Peck, The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Vol. 50 (8), August, 2009)

"There have been many books trying to explain the wonders of Dicom … . This book goes to a lot of detail … . descriptions contained provide a useful resource when trying to integrate systems. … The charts and graphics are easy to use and explain the mysteries well. … I would recommend this book as a good practical introduction and survival guide … . I would recommend this book, along with a practical Dicom course … for those starting out in this area." (Chris Bull, RAD Magazine, July, 2009)

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This is the second edition of a very popular book on DICOM that introduces this complex standard from a very practical point of view. It is aimed at a broad audience of radiologists, clinical administrators, information technologists, medical students, and lecturers. The book provides a gradual, down to earth introduction to DICOM, accompanied by an analysis of the most common problems associated with its implementation. Compared with the first edition, many improvements and additions have been made, based on feedback from readers. Whether you are running a teleradiology project or writing DICOM software, this book will provide you with clear and helpful guidance. It will prepare you for any DICOM projects or problem solving, and assist you in taking full advantage of multifaceted DICOM functionality.

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If you need to work with this standard, at very least skim this book.
Steven A. Squitiere
The author does an excellent job of presenting the basics, and then adding more advanced information in a logical progression.
G. Bricker
Highlight of the book is concise description of DICOM standard, practical advice in implementing DICOM standard.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Squitiere on September 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book bridges gaps, period.

If you need to work with this standard, at very least skim this book. What it doesn't cover in detail, it provides an excellent overview of. It is a great "jumping off" point; so much so, that the language explanation alone is just shy of enough to write your own PACS software applications for the talented developer. Prior to reading this book, I did have previous experience working with DICOM, HL7 and PACS; however, after reading the book I realized how little I knew and truly understood and my shingle says "PACS Administrator".

This book is excellent for those responsible for the technical workflow of any medical imaging system or PACS. It provides a thorough history of the development of the standard and its application over time. While it aptly covers items of clinical concern like image quality, manipulation, and availability, it additionally provides a comprehensive breakdown of the "language" of DICOM. At first, many of those without backgrounds in binary/hexadecimal and software coding may find this language discussion overwhelming, but it is an invaluable read if you stick with it (just rely on your math and logic skills and don't fret the details). Finally, it addresses all current topics in the field (like teleradiology and image mobility), and provides some great real world examples and anecdotes.

For those that are more clinically oriented, there are probably more appropriately written materials, but I would still consider 1/2 of this book as required reading.

Steve
PACS Admin for Large Ortho Practice
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jon Archer on February 25, 2012
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I very much enjoyed this book, which was a surprise to some extent -- although I was eager to learn about DICOM I fully anticipated a very dry, dull book. Luckily that is not the case. Moreover, the detailed explanations were great for me as a software developer now working on a DICOM application.

Part I - Introduction to DICOM provides a light but good overview.

Part II - DICOM and Clinical Data, after some brief history, gets right into the guts of what DICOM looks like, down to the bytes in a DICOM object. Lots of great stuff there. There's also some excellent information on medical images, compression, video and overlays.

Part III - DICOM Communications does a great job explaining the networking half of the DICOM standard. This is not something I've needed to know much about but was readable and definitely adds to my understanding. I can see that being useful in various application design decision in the coming years.

Part IV - DICOM Media and Security makes clear the media sections of the standard were every bit as crazy as I thought them to be. The security stuff treats anonymization/de-identification well too.

Part V - Advanced Topics is a fairly wide ranging set of topics. The teleradiology chapter was useful although I felt a little thin..although there is some good advice in there I felt there was also some confusing, contradictory and vague information. The coverage of the work the author did with PACS etc. in a post-Katrina New Orleans is pretty eye opening. The DICOM software development chapter was a little bit of a disappointment to me, although I acknowledge it is but one chapter rather than the entire focus of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Bricker on July 23, 2010
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Anyone involved in DICOM should have this book. It is written in a manner such that managers, technicians, IT people, and general users can all gain useful knowledge of DICOM. What is missing from other books is the practical knowledge, the problems encountered and the solutions. This book is replete with practical anecdotes.

This is a "must-own" book for anyone who must deal with DICOM & PACS. The author does an excellent job of presenting the basics, and then adding more advanced information in a logical progression. This book replaces all others, in my opinion.

There are 18 chapters. Depending upon the background and interests of the reader, many chapters can be skimmed or skipped. This is also an excellent guide to troubleshooting a DICOM system.

I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Priklonskaya on August 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a really good book, answers lots of my questions! It may be somewhat technical for a clinical person like me, but so is the subject anyway. But this is the first source of DICOM information I found, it is well-written, complete, addresses very practical problems, and I would recommend it to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on May 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When my boss at the medical device company where I work saw me reading this book, his first comment was, "How can a book about a standard NOT be boring?"

This book is a very comprehensive overview of the DICOM standard, but it does one important thing that prevents it from being boring: it explains the reasoning behind the standard -- why the various elements of the standard are as they should be, and sometimes even why they shouldn't be the way that they are. Numerous anecdotes of all kinds of ways NOT to assemble and use DICOM-compatible systems (all from the author's personal experience) also make for lighter reading.

I recommend this book to anyone who needs an introduction to DICOM but is overwhelmed by the thought of trying to absorb the official DICOM standard and its thousands of pages.
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