What is a .DICOM File And How To Open It – NEMA (Visual Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .dicom extension and you don’t know what it is? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .dicom file extension and how to open it.

What is a .DICOM file?

The .DICOM file extension is DICOM Image File. The developer of this file extension is NEMA. This file belongs to the binary format and it is a raster related file.

What to know

There are currently 8 software that can open the .dicom file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .DICOM file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .DICOM file on various operating systems.

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

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

1. In the first step you need to download the GIMP software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is MeVisLab, MicroDicom viewer, ImageMagick, IrfanView, XnViewMP and GIMP.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .DICOM 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. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .DICOM file on Mac

There are 4 simple steps to open the .dicom file on Mac.

1. The first step is to download the GIMP software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is OsiriX, MeVisLab, XnViewMP and GIMP.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .DICOM 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: 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. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the GIMP software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .DICOM file on Linux

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

1. In the first step you need to download the InVesalius software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: MeVisLab, ImageMagick, GIMP, XnViewMP and InVesalius.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .DICOM 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: 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 InVesalius software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .DICOM file?

If you are still unable to open the .DICOM file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .DICOM file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .dicproof – Microsoft, .dict – Microsoft, .dif – Microsoft, .dif – The MAME Team, .dif – TorquePowered.com. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

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