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 Link to this message David Clunie  posted on Monday, July 10, 2017 - 06:59 pm Edit Post Delete Post Print Post
FYI ... in case anyone is interested in participating in
this survey,, you need to respond by 7/15.


The DICOM Standards Committee is conducting a short survey to better understand whether DICOM Conformance Statements (DCS) supplied with vendor products are providing the data needed by users. DICOM Working Group 31 on Conformance has developed this survey and asks people that used a DCS to take a few minutes to complete the survey.
Thank you,
DICOM Secretariat
“The DICOM Conformance Statement (DCS) describes the interoperability features and capabilities of every product that acquires, stores, and otherwise handles medical images and related data. The DCS has useful information for various departments of hospitals, manufacturers, and other users (informatics, purchasing, interoperability testing, IT, sales, service, training, product development). For example, the DCS, in addition to IHE Connectathon results, has information on whether Product A is interoperable with Product B (supporting the same Service-Object Pairs.) The DCS contains much technical detail and often is very lengthy.

After many years, DICOM is revisiting the DICOM Standard‘s description and prescription for the content and organization of the DICOM Conformance Statement to make sure that the information relevant for different purposes can be found easily in the often lengthy DCS. The goal is to make improvements to the Standard if needed. One step in the process is a survey to understand how the DCS is being used and what is expected of it.

This survey is circulated by DICOM’s Working Group 31 to collect feedback to guide this review and possible proposals to revise the DICOM Standard. The response is completely anonymous; it takes 10-20 minutes to complete.

The survey is available as a web-based instrument: Here is the link to the survey: csrdXm_uXA/viewform?c=0&w=1

If you cannot access the web-based survey, a Word version is provided here: ormat.docx

Return the word-based response to (Please make the subject line: “WG-31 DCS Survey”.) PLEASE RESPOND BY: JULY 15, 2017
Participation / monitoring: if you become interested in this project (or in a related project to develop a Machine Readable DICOM Conformance Statement please submit your contact information to receive e-mail updates or to participate here .
Antje Schroeder (,
Lawrence Tarbox, Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (, or
Stephen Vastagh ("
 Link to this message Graham King  posted on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 10:43 am Edit Post Delete Post Print Post
** Commercial interest declared **

Thanks for making us aware of this David.

Just to add that WG-31 very much include vendors in the definition of "users" of DICOM conformance statements. I know that plenty of vendors read this thread and would encourage them and their teams to respond to the survey.

Please see confirmation below from one of the WG31 members

From: Vastagh, Stephen []
Sent: 10 July 2017 21:42
To: Graham King <>
Subject: Re: WG-31 DCS Survey - welcoming submissions from vendors?

Absolutely so. We tried to reach all stakeholders. Not only you are invited to respond but you should feel free to forward the survey to any other impacted person regardless of the stakeholder group they represent. The more the better.
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