Application context name

This parameter identifies the application context proposed by the requestor. The acceptor shall return either the same or a different name. The returned name shall specify the application context to be used for this association. Further discussion on Application Context Names can be found in Annex A.

An application context is an explicitly defined set of application service elements, related options, and any other information necessary for the interworking of application entities on an association.

Note: The offer of an alternate application context by the acceptor provides a mechanism for limited negotiation. If the requestor cannot operate in the acceptor's application context, it shall issue an A-Abort request primitive. Application Context Names for the DICOM Application Entity as well as Application Context Names usage rules are defined in PS 3.7.