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PatientMModule - Patient
Clinical Trial SubjectUModule - Patient
General StudyMModule - Study
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(0008,0023) Content Date1Date
(0008,0033) Content Time1Time
(0020,0013) Instance Number1Integer String
(0020,0242) SOP Instance UID of Concatenation Source1CUnique Identifier
(0020,9161) Concatenation UID1CUnique Identifier
(0020,9162) In-concatenation Number1CUnsigned Short
(0020,9163) In-concatenation Total Number3Unsigned Short
(0020,9228) Concatenation Frame Offset Number1CUnsigned Long
(0022,0028) Stereo Pairs Present3Code String
(0028,0008) Number of Frames1Integer String
(0028,6010) Representative Frame Number3Unsigned Short
(5200,9229) Shared Functional Groups Sequence1Sequence
(0008,1140) Referenced Image Sequence2Sequence
(0008,9124) Derivation Image Sequence2Sequence
(0018,2041) Biopsy Target Sequence1CSequence
(0018,9341) Contrast/Bolus Usage Sequence1Sequence
(0018,9504) X-Ray 3D Frame Type Sequence1Sequence
(0020,9071) Frame Anatomy Sequence1Sequence
(0020,9111) Frame Content Sequence1Sequence
(0020,9113) Plane Position Sequence1Sequence
(0020,9116) Plane Orientation Sequence1Sequence
(0020,0037) Image Orientation (Patient)1CDecimal String
(0028,9110) Pixel Measures Sequence1Sequence
(0028,9132) Frame VOI LUT Sequence1Sequence
(0028,9145) Pixel Value Transformation Sequence1Sequence
(0040,9096) Real World Value Mapping Sequence1Sequence
(5200,9230) Per-frame Functional Groups Sequence1CSequence
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Data synced with official DICOM standard on 12 May 2020. The DICOM Standard is under continuous maintenance, and the current official version is available at DICOM Parts 3, 4, and 6, © NEMA. Please note that the most recent PDF version of the standard is the official reference, and should checked when making technical decisions.

Image Orientation (Patient) Attribute

TypeConditionally Required (1C)
Value Multiplicity6
Value RepresentationDecimal String (DS)
Example Values
  • [1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0]
  • [1.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000, 1.000000,
  • [0, 1, 0, 0, 0, -1]

The direction cosines of the first row and the first column with respect to the patient. See Section C. and Section C. for further explanation.

Required if:

  • Frame Type (0008,9007) Value 1 of this frame is ORIGINAL and Volumetric Properties (0008,9206) of this frame is other than DISTORTED, or

  • SOP Class UID is Segmentation Storage ("1.2.840.10008.") and Frame of Reference UID (0020,0052) is present, or

  • SOP Class UID is Ophthalmic Tomography Image Storage ("1.2.840.10008.") and Ophthalmic Volumetric Properties Flag (0022,1622) is YES, or

  • SOP Class UID is Ophthalmic Optical Coherence Tomography B-scan Volume Analysis Storage ("1.2.840.10008.").

May be present otherwise.


Part of the Plane Orientation (Patient) Functional Group Macro with usage: M

Section C.

C. Image Position and Image Orientation

Image Position (0020,0032) specifies the x, y, and z coordinates of the upper left hand corner of the image; it is the center of the first voxel transmitted. Image Orientation (0020,0037) specifies the direction cosines of the first row and the first column with respect to the patient. These Attributes shall be provide as a pair. Row value for the x, y, and z axes respectively followed by the Column value for the x, y, and z axes respectively.

The direction of the axes is defined fully by the patient's orientation.

If Anatomical Orientation Type (0010,2210) is absent or has a value of BIPED, the x-axis is increasing to the left hand side of the patient. The y-axis is increasing to the posterior side of the patient. The z-axis is increasing toward the head of the patient.

If Anatomical Orientation Type (0010,2210) has a value of QUADRUPED, the

  • x-axis is increasing to the left (as opposed to right) side of the patient

  • the y-axis is increasing towards

    • the dorsal (as opposed to ventral) side of the patient for the neck, trunk and tail,

    • the dorsal (as opposed to ventral) side of the patient for the head,

    • the dorsal (as opposed to plantar or palmar) side of the distal limbs,

    • the cranial (as opposed caudal) side of the proximal limbs, and

  • the z-axis is increasing towards

    • the cranial (as opposed to caudal) end of the patient for the neck, trunk and tail,

    • the rostral (as opposed to caudal) end of the patient for the head, and

    • the proximal (as opposed to distal) end of the limbs


  1. The axes for quadrupeds are those defined and illustrated in Smallwood et al for proper anatomic directional terms as they apply to various parts of the body.

  2. It should be anticipated that when quadrupeds are imaged on human equipment, and particularly when they are position in a manner different from the traditional human prone and supine head or feet first longitudinal position, then the equipment may well not indicate the correct orientation, though it will remain an orthogonal Cartesian right-handed system that could be corrected subsequently.

The Patient-Based Coordinate System is a right handed system, i.e., the vector cross product of a unit vector along the positive x-axis and a unit vector along the positive y-axis is equal to a unit vector along the positive z-axis.


If a patient is positioned parallel to the ground, in dorsal recumbency (i.e., for humans, face-up on the table), with the caudo-cranial (i.e., for humans, feet-to-head) direction the same as the front-to-back direction of the imaging equipment, the direction of the axes of this Patient-Based Coordinate System and the Equipment-Based Coordinate System in previous versions of this Standard will coincide.

The Image Plane Attributes, in conjunction with the Pixel Spacing Attribute, describe the position and orientation of the image slices relative to the Patient-Based Coordinate System. In each image frame Image Position (Patient) (0020,0032) specifies the origin of the image with respect to the Patient-Based Coordinate System. RCS and Image Orientation (Patient) (0020,0037) values specify the orientation of the image frame rows and columns. The mapping of pixel location (i,j) to the RCS is calculated as follows:

Equation C. 


  • Pxyz The coordinates of the voxel (i,j) in the frame's image plane in units of mm.

  • Sxyz The three values of Image Position (Patient) (0020,0032). It is the location in mm from the origin of the RCS.

  • Xxyz The values from the row (X) direction cosine of Image Orientation (Patient) (0020,0037).

  • Yxyz The values from the column (Y) direction cosine of Image Orientation (Patient) (0020,0037).

  • i Column index to the image plane. The first column is index zero.

  • Δi Column pixel resolution of Pixel Spacing (0028,0030) in units of mm.

  • j Row index to the image plane. The first row index is zero.

  • Δj Row pixel resolution of Pixel Spacing (0028,0030) in units of mm.

Additional constraints apply:

  1. The row and column direction cosine vectors shall be orthogonal, i.e., their dot product shall be zero.

  2. The row and column direction cosine vectors shall be normal, i.e., the dot product of each direction cosine vector with itself shall be unity.

Section C.

C. Position and Orientation for SAMPLED Frames

In the case of Volumetric Properties (0008,9206) having a value of SAMPLED, Image Position (0020,0032), Image Orientation (0020,0037) and Slice Thickness (0018,0050) shall represent the volume from which the frame was derived based on the orientation of the sampling performed.


For example in the case of MAX_IP:

The Image Orientation shall be the direction of the ray used for projection of the center of the plane.

The image position shall contain the x, y, and z coordinates of the intersection of the mid-plane of the sampled volume with the ray used to project the upper left hand corner of the frame.

The Slice Thickness shall contain the distance that the ray used for projection of the center of the plane traveled through the volume.