6.11 PS 3.11: Media Storage Application Profiles

PS 3.11 of the DICOM Standard specifies application specific subsets of the DICOM Standard to which an implementation may claim conformance. These application specific subsets will be referred to as Application Profiles in this section. Such a conformance statement applies to the interoperable interchange of medical images and related information on storage media for specific clinical uses. It follows the framework, defined in PS 3.10, for the interchange of various types of information on storage media.

An Application Profile annex is organized into the following major parts:

a) The name of the Application Profile, or the list of Application Profiles grouped in a related class

  1. A description of the clinical context of the Application Profile

  2. The definition of the media storage Service Class with the device roles for the Application Profile and associated options

  3. Informative section describing the operational requirements of the Application Profile

  4. Specification of the Information Object Classes and associated Information Objects supported and the encoding to be used for the data transfer

f) The selection of media formats and physical media to be used

g) Other parameters which need to be specified to ensure interoperable media interchange

h) Security parameters which select the cryptographic techniques to be used with secure media storage Application Profiles

The structure of DICOM and the design of the Application Profile mechanism is such that extension to additional Information Object Classes and the new exchange media is straightforward.

Note: Figure 6.11-1 shows how individual aspects of an Application profile map to the various parts of the DICOM Standard.


Figure 6.11-1 Relationship Between and Application Profile and Parts of DICOM