7.3 A-ABORT service

The ACSE A-ABORT service shall be used by a requestor in either of the AEs to cause the abnormal release of the association. It shall be a non-confirmed service. However, because of the possibility of an A-ABORT service procedure collision, the delivery of the indication primitive is not guaranteed. Should such a collision occur, both AEs are aware that the association has been terminated. The abort shall be performed through A-ABORT request and A-ABORT indication primitives.

Note: An A-ABORT request primitive used on an established association may result in the destruction of data in transit.

Figure 7-3 illustrates aborting an established association between two AE’s.


Figure 7-3Association user initiated abort


Table 7-5 lists the parameters for the A-ABORT service. Only the first parameter shall be used by DICOM Application Entities in this standard.


A-ABORT Parameter Name Request Indication
abort source M
user information NU NU(=) Abort source

This parameter indicates the initiating source of this abort. It shall take one of the following symbolic values:

a) UL service-user

b) UL service-provider (ACSE related)

7.3.2 A-ABORT SERVICE PROCEDURE When the A-ABORT service is used, the association shall be released abnormally and simultaneous with the abnormal release of the underlying connection. A UL service-user that desires to release the association abnormally shall issue the A-ABORT request primitive. This requestor shall not issue any further primitives for the association. The UL service-provider shall issue an A-ABORT indication primitive to the acceptor. The UL service-provider shall assign the value of “UL service-user” for the Abort Source parameter. The association and the underlying connection have been released. The UL service-provider (ACSE related functions) may itself cause the abnormal release of the association because of internal errors. In this case, the UL service-provider shall issue A-ABORT indication primitives to acceptors in both AEs. The UL service-provider shall assign the value of “UL service-provider” to the Abort Source parameter. The user information parameter shall not be used.