7.5.3.1 Sub-operations

Some DIMSE services are atomic in that the service is performed by one operation or notification. In such a case the DIMSE service primitives are used by peer DIMSE-service-users to invoke and perform the operation or notification.

Other DIMSE services require the use of one or more sub-operations to perform the service. In such cases DIMSE service primitives are used by peer DIMSE-service-users to invoke and perform each sub-operation. How and when the sub-operation service primitives are used is defined by the procedures for the DIMSE service.