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  Indian J Med Microbiol
 

Figure 1: Representation of digital pathology information in DICOM. (a) Extension of the DICOM model of the real world for specimens. Diagram showing different DICOM information entities and their hierarchical relationships. Entities are color-coded based on information source. Information about Patient entities (shown in blue) is obtained from the electronic medical record, information about Study, Container, and Specimen entities (shown in orange) is obtained from the laboratory information system, and information about Series and Image entities is provided by the microscope/slide scanning system (shown in green). (b) DICOM information model. The VL Whole Slide Microscopy Image composite information object definition class provides attributes to describe real-world information entities. Related attributes are grouped into modules (visualized as boxes). The Pixel Data attribute, which represents the actual image pixel values, is highlighted in bold. (c) DICOM data set. Attributes of an instance of the VL Whole Slide Microscopy Image class are encoded as data elements. The pixel data element is generally the last element in the dataset (shown in grey). The elements preceding the pixel data element encode metadata that are required for interpretation of the image. These meta data elements are often collectively (but inaccurately) referred to as the “header” (blue, orange, green)

Figure 1: Representation of digital pathology information in DICOM. (a) Extension of the DICOM model of the real world for specimens. Diagram showing different DICOM information entities and their hierarchical relationships. Entities are color-coded based on information source. Information about Patient entities (shown in blue) is obtained from the electronic medical record, information about Study, Container, and Specimen entities (shown in orange) is obtained from the laboratory information system, and information about Series and Image entities is provided by the microscope/slide scanning system (shown in green). (b) DICOM information model. The VL Whole Slide Microscopy Image composite information object definition class provides attributes to describe real-world information entities. Related attributes are grouped into modules (visualized as boxes). The Pixel Data attribute, which represents the actual image pixel values, is highlighted in bold. (c) DICOM data set. Attributes of an instance of the VL Whole Slide Microscopy Image class are encoded as data elements. The pixel data element is generally the last element in the dataset (shown in grey). The elements preceding the pixel data element encode metadata that are required for interpretation of the image. These meta data elements are often collectively (but inaccurately) referred to as the “header” (blue, orange, green)