What is a .DCM File And How To Open It – NEMA (Simple Steps)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .dcm extension, but you have never seen this extension before? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .dcm file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .DCM file?

The .DCM file extension stands for DICOM Image. The developer of this file extension is NEMA. The format of this file is binary, and it is a raster related file.

What to know

There are currently 7 software that can open the .dcm file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .DCM file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .DCM file on various operating systems.

How to open a .DCM file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .dcm file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the GIMP software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: MicroDicom viewer, MeVisLab, IrfanView, XnViewMP and GIMP.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .DCM file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the GIMP software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .DCM file on Mac

The .dcm file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the GIMP software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use OsiriX, MeVisLab, XnViewMP and GIMP software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .DCM file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the GIMP software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .DCM file on Linux

To open the .dcm file on Linux, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the GIMP software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: MeVisLab, ImageMagick, XnViewMP and GIMP.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .DCM file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the GIMP software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .DCM file?

If you cannot open the .DCM file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .DCM file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .dcm – Fujiwara Software. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .DCM file with the GIMP, MicroDicom viewer, MeVisLab, IrfanView, XnViewMP programs on Windows, GIMP, OsiriX, MeVisLab, XnViewMP programs on Mac and GIMP, MeVisLab, ImageMagick, XnViewMP software on Linux.