The DCM format was created for a specific and specialised purpose, that is – to create and store DICOM images, used in medicine. Within DCM files, one can find: an MRI scan, CAT scan, or ultrasound scan. Additionally, besides that, within such files there may be also patient’s identifications data – all archived within a single file.
DICOM is an abbreviation of the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine. It is a standard of digital imaging and exchange of images used exclusively in medicine. It was developed and normalised due to the necessity of unification the processes of exchange and interpretation of data related to descriptions of medical diagnostic images. It includes images, for instance, taken with a tomography computer, positron emission tomography computer, MRI scanner, utilising digital subtraction angiography, digital or conventional radiography, as well as any other devices, utilising in the course of examination, advanced digital technologies of a high detailing level. Resolution of a n image stored in DCM format is very high. Such images are of large volume. In order to open such file, proper software and professional hardware are required. Moreover, it is also necessary to have a high bandwidth connection. This enables to maintain high quality of an image.
The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with DCM files, divided into 3 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with DCM suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.
Problems with accessing DCM may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with DCM files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with DCM files.
The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening DCM files is that no program that can handle DCM files is installed on user’s system. This one is an easy one. Select Adobe Photoshop or one of the recommended programs (for example, Canvas, IrfanView, MRIcro) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support DCM files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Adobe Photoshop website and download the installer.
If the problems with opening DCM files still occur even after installing Adobe Photoshop, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Adobe Photoshop is available. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that Adobe Photoshop cannot handle files with DCM may be that the software is outdated. The latest version of Adobe Photoshop should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.
After installing Adobe Photoshop (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open DCM files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent
Selecting the first-choice application in Windows
Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS
If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the DCM file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.
If the DCM is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the scanner detected that the DCM file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.
If you obtained the problematic DCM file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. When downloading the file with DCM extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.
Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the DICOM Image file.
If the systems has insufficient resources to open DCM files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.
Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with DICOM Image file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle DCM files.
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