DICOM is increasingly being used as the standard communication mechanism when integrating various products in a hospital environment. The medical products involved include Modalities (CT, MR, X-Ray, etc.), Workstations, Archives, Printers and HIS/RIS devices.
The DICOM standard is used to define the communication capabilities of each product type to a degree that allows products supplied by different vendors, to be connected together to form an open, integrated diagnostic/treatment facility.
Agfa HealthCare has, and, is developing, a significant number of products that make use of the DICOM standard for communication. It is the intention that each product can be connected to other DICOM products, either Agfa HealthCare own or 3rd party.
Therefore, a need exists to ensure that the products conform to the DICOM standard in a way appropriate to their function. The DICOM Validation Tool (DVT) provides an independent means of evaluating a products conformance to DICOM.
Agfa HealthCare is making DVT available free of charge to anyone interested in testing DICOM devices (Refer to Software Licence Agreement during installation for more details).