Why convert DICOM to JPEG?

Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) is the most common format for communicating and managing medical imaging data. Although DICOM is the standard, it can be difficult to work with, or exchange, these kinds of files using some standard software systems.

As such, conversion from DICOM to JPEG sometimes becomes necessary.

How do I convert DICOM to JPEG?

To convert DICOM to JPEG image format, some coding is often required. There are also some DICOM converter tools available online to convert DICOM to JPEG. Generally, this conversion is not recommended at all. This is because the size of the file needs to be reduced to convert from DICOM to JPEG.

A certain amount of information is lost in the compression, which causes the .jpg version of the image to present with less information than the original .dcm file. The greater the file compression, the more information is lost; even when lesser compression options are selected, large files can be difficult to handle.

How do I open a DICOM file?

This may leave you wondering how you can open a DICOM file without converting to JPEG and losing the pertinent information.

All-in-one solutions, like Novarad’s, are the best way to view and transfer medical imaging data, including those in the .dcm file format, without any loss of information.

1. Universal Viewer

The Novarad universal web viewer provides unbridled access to a facility’s imaging archive.

The RapidView Algorithm provides better user experience and quick, seamless viewing through loading and offloading images only as needed (rather than loading all images in order like most systems.).

2. Secure Image Exchange

There is no need to convert DICOM to JPEG to transfer images with the Novarad Secure Image Exchange. The exchange provides the ability to easily share patient data while maintaining their privacy.

This includes the distribution of images beyond your hospital network, all shared securely with the click of a button. This solution is vendor neutral, and as such works with disparate PACS solutions and facilities.

3. Universal Archive

The Ncompass Universal Archive is a vendor-neutral, object-based storage solution for both DICOM and non-DICOM files. A full multimedia solution, healthcare providers can easily store, search, and view x-rays, MRIs and other medical images in both DICOM and non-DICOM formats, without the need to convert.

This solution is completely scalable and integrates with both new and existing systems.

You may think you need a DICOM converter, but this tends to be a short-term solution. Often, that results in unnecessary loss of information as you convert DICOM to JPEG — as well as being a less secure method of sharing that data. Novarad solutions allow for full encryption and secure sharing of DICOM files and other media–without unnecessary steps–saving you time and money in the process.

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