This Part of the DICOM Standard specifies the set of Service Class Definitions which provide an abstract definition of real-world activities applicable to communication of digital medical information. For each Service Class Definition, this Part specifies:
— the semantic description of the activities of the Service Class Definition
— the group of DIMSE Service operations and notifications applicable to the Service Class Description
— one or more functionally-related Service-Object Pair (SOP) Classes which are supported by the Service Class Definition and may be performed between peer DICOM Application Entities
— the relationship of each Service-Object Pair (SOP) Classes to applicable Information Object Definitions specified in PS 3.3.
For each Service Class Definition, this Part does not specify:
— any necessary information for the semantic description of the IOD
— relationships to associated real-world objects relevant to the IOD
— attributes which describe the characteristics of the IOD
This Part is related to other parts of the DICOM Standard in that:
— Part 3, Information Object Definitions, specifies the set of Information Object Definitions to which the services defined in this Part may be applied
— Part 5, Data Structure and Semantics, defines the data encoding used in the DIMSE Protocol when applied to IODs defined in this Part
— Part 6, Data Dictionary, contains an index by Tag of all IOD Attributes defined in this Part. This index includes the Value Representation and Value Multiplicity for each Attribute
— Part 7, Message Exchange Protocol, defines the DIMSE Services and Protocol which may be applied to IODs defined in this Part.