B.3 Association negotiation

SCUs and SCPs of Storage SOP Classes operate on SOP Instances specific to the SOP Class. They may use the SOP Class Extended Negotiation Sub-Item defined in PS 3.7. This Sub-Item allows DICOM AEs to exchange application information specific to SOP Class specifications. This is achieved by defining the Service-class-application-information field.

SCUs may use the SOP Class Common Extended Negotiation Sub-Item defined in PS 3.7. This Sub-Item allows DICOM AEs to exchange information about the nature of the SOP Classes.

The SOP Class Extended Negotiation Sub-Item and SOP Class Common Extended Negotiation Sub-Item negotiation is optional for storage based SOP Classes.

The following negotiation rules apply to all DICOM SOP Classes and Specialized SOP Classes of the Storage Service Class.

The Association-requester (Storage SCU role) in the A-ASSOCIATE request shall convey:

— one Abstract Syntax, in a Presentation Context, for each supported SOP Class of the Storage Service Class

— optionally, one SOP Class Extended Negotiation Sub-Item, for each supported SOP Class of the Storage Service Class

— optionally, one SOP Class Common Extended Negotiation Sub-Item, for each supported SOP Class of the Storage Service Class

The Association-acceptor (Storage SCP role) in the A-ASSOCIATE request shall accept:

— one Abstract Syntax, in a Presentation Context, for each supported SOP Class of the Storage Service Class

— optionally, one SOP Class Extended Negotiation Sub-Item, for each supported SOP Class of the Storage Service Class

B.3.1 Extended Negotiation

At the time of Association establishment implementations may exchange information about their respective capabilities, as described in PS 3.7 and PS 3.8. SCUs and SCPs may use the SOP Class Extended Negotiation Sub-Item Structure as described in PS 3.7 to exchange information about the level of conformance and options supported. SCUs may use the SOP Class Common Extended Negotiation Sub-Item defined in PS 3.7 to exchange information about the nature of the SOP Classes.

Extended negotiation is optional. In the event that either the SCU or the SCP does not support extended negotiation, the defaults shall apply.

B.3.1.1 Service-Class-Application-Information (A-ASSOCIATE-RQ)

The SOP Class Extended Negotiation Sub-item is made of a sequence of mandatory fields as defined by PS 3.7. Table B.3-1 shows the format of the Service-class-application-information field of the SOP Class Extended Negotiation Sub-Item for SOP Classes of the Storage Service Class in the A-ASSOCIATE-RQ.

Table B.3-1 SERVICE-CLASS-APPLICATION-INFORMATION (A-ASSOCIATE-RQ)

Item Bytes Field Name Description of Field
1 Level of support This byte field defines the supported storage level of the Association-requester. It shall be encoded as an unsigned binary integer and shall use one of the following values: 0 - level 0 SCP 1 - level 1 SCP 2 - level 2 SCP 3 - N/A Association-requester is SCU only If extended negotiation is not supported, the default shall have a value of 3.
2 Reserved This reserved field shall be sent with a value 00H but not tested to this value when received.
3 Level of Digital Signature support A Level 2 SCP may further define its behavior in this byte field. 0 – The signature level is unspecified, the AE is an SCU only, or the AE is not a level 2 SCP 1 – signature level 1 2 – signature level 2 3 – signature level 3 If extended negotiation is not supported, the default shall have a value of 0.
4 Reserved This reserved field shall be sent with a value 00H but not tested to this value when received.
5 Element Coercion This byte field defines whether the Association-requester may coerce Data Elements. It shall be encoded as an unsigned binary integer and shall use one of the following values: 0 - does not coerce any Data Element 1 - may coerce Data Elements 2 - N/A - Association-requester is SCU only If extended negotiation is not supported, the default shall have a value of 2.
6 Reserved This reserved field shall be sent with a value 00H but not tested to this value when received.

B.3.1.2 Service-Class-Application-Information (A-ASSOCIATE-AC)

The SOP Class Extended Negotiation Sub-item is made of a sequence of mandatory fields as defined by PS 3.7. Table B.3-2 shows the format of the Service-class-application-information field of the SOP Class Extended Negotiation Sub-Item for SOP Classes of the Storage Service Class in the A-ASSOCIATE-AC.

Table B.3-2SERVICE-CLASS-APPLICATION-INFORMATION (A-ASSOCIATE-AC)

Item Bytes Field Name Description of Field
1 Level of support This byte field defines the supported storage level of the Association-acceptor. It shall be encoded as an unsigned binary integer and shall use one of the following values: 0 - level 0 SCP 1 - level 1 SCP 2 - level 2 SCP 3 - N/A - Association-acceptor is SCU only If extended negotiation is not supported, no assumptions shall be made by the Association-requester about the capabilities of the Association-acceptor based upon this extended negotiation.
2 Reserved This reserved field shall be sent with a value 00H but not tested to this value when received.
3 Level of Digital Signature support A Level 2 SCP may further define its behavior in this byte field. 0 – The signature level is unspecified, the AE is an SCU only, or the AE is not a level 2 SCP 1 – signature level 1 2 – signature level 2 3 – signature level 3 If extended negotiation is not supported, no assumptions shall be made by the Association-requester about the capabilities of the Association-acceptor based upon this extended negotiation.
4 Reserved This reserved field shall be sent with a value 00H but not tested to this value when received.
5 Element Coercion This byte field defines whether the Association-acceptor may coerce Data Elements. It shall be encoded as an unsigned binary integer and shall use one of the following values: 0 - does not coerce any Data Element 1 - may coerce Data Elements 2 - N/A - Association-acceptor is SCU only If extended negotiation is not supported, no assumptions shall be made by the Association-requester about the capabilities of the Association-acceptor based upon this extended negotiation.
6 Reserved This reserved field shall be sent with a value 00H but not tested to this value when received.

B.3.1.3 Service Class UID (A-ASSOCIATE-RQ)

SOP Class Common Extended Negotiation Sub-Item allows the SCU to convey the Service Class UID of each proposed SOP Class.

The Storage Service Class UID shall be "1.2.840.10008.4.2".

B.3.1.4 Related General SOP Classes (A-ASSOCIATE-RQ)

A limited set of Standard SOP Classes in the Storage Service Class are defined to have one or more Related General SOP Classes. The Related General SOP Classes may be conveyed using the SOP Class Relationship Extended Negotiation during association establishment as defined in PS 3.7. Table B.3-3 identifies which Standard SOP Classes participate in this mechanism. If a Standard SOP Class is not listed in this table, Related General SOP Classes shall not be included in a Related Storage SOP Class Extended Negotiation Sub-Item.

Note: Implementation-defined Specialized SOP Classes (see PS3.2) of the Storage Service Class may convey a Related General SOP Class.

Table B.3-3 STANDARD AND RELATED GENERAL SOP CLASSES

SOP Class Name Related General SOP Class Name
12-lead ECG Waveform Storage General ECG Waveform Storage
Digital Mammography Image Storage - For Presentation Digital X-Ray Image Storage - For Presentation
Digital Mammography Image Storage - For Processing Digital X-Ray Image Storage - For Processing
Digital Intra-oral X-Ray Image Storage - For Presentation Digital X-Ray Image Storage - For Presentation
Digital Intra-oral X-Ray Image Storage - For Processing Digital X-Ray Image Storage - For Processing
Basic Text SR Enhanced SR
Comprehensive SR
Enhanced SR Comprehensive SR
Procedure Log Enhanced SR
Comprehensive SR
X-Ray Radiation Dose SR Enhanced SR
Comprehensive SR
Spectacle Prescription Report Enhanced SR
Macular Grid Thickness and Volume Report Enhanced SR