I have done an RMI scan, and I wonder if it's possible to open DICOM files, to see it. Ubuntu recommended I install ImageJ, but that didn't decode it or whatever.

A friend of mine opened it with Photoshop and seems like it worked, but I need a program I can easily use on Ubuntu.


All available from Ubuntu software center:

  • dicomscope. manual page.

    sudo apt install dicomscope

    DICOMscope is a free DICOM viewer which can display uncompressed, monochrome DICOM images from all modalities and which supports monitor calibration according to DICOM part 14 as well as presentation states. DICOMscope offers a print client (DICOM Basic Grayscale Print Management) which also implements the optional Presentation LUT SOP Class. The development of this prototype was commissioned by the "Committee for the Advancement of DICOM" and demonstrated at the European Congress of Radiology ECR 1999. An enhanced version was developed for the "DICOM Display Consistency Demonstration" at RSNA InfoRAD 1999. The current release 3.5.1 has been demonstrated at ECR 2001 and contains numerous extensions, including a print server, support for encrypted DICOM communication, digital signatures and structured reporting.

  • ginkgo-cadx.

    sudo apt install ginkgocadx

    Ginkgo CADx is an advanced DICOM viewer and dicomizer (converts png, jpeg, bmp, pdf, tiff to DICOM).

  • aeskulap

    sudo apt install aeskulap

    Aeskulap is a medical image viewer. It is able to load a series of special images stored in the DICOM format for review. Additionally Aeskulap is able to query and fetch DICOM images from archive nodes (also called PACS) over the network. The goal of this project is to create a full open source replacement for commercially available DICOM viewers. Aeskulap is based on gtkmm, glademm and gconfmm and designed to run under Linux. Ports of these packages are available for different platforms. It should be quite easy to port Aeskulap to any platform were these packages are available.

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    I could view my x-rays with dicomscope and aeskulap. Maybe it's possible with ginkgo-cadx as well, but I need to try it again with that. – Csaba Toth Jan 19 '18 at 6:31
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    None of these worked on my dicom files. Perhaps they are no longer updated/maintained for latest formats? Unfortunately we may have to resort to wine+windows.exe applications (non-FOSS trial-ware, not a reasonable long term solution), or programmatically convert to (more common) standard image formats. – michael Aug 16 '18 at 4:23
  • aeskulap worked fine with my DICOM files, circa 2019. Couldn't open them with Gimp, which surprised me. Dicomscope didn't work, maybe my images are compressed. I am talking Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS, bionic, kernel is 5.0.0-25-generic. – Monkeybus Aug 27 at 4:11

You can also just use GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) to open DICOM images.

  • GIMP is mighty <3 – holzkohlengrill Jun 10 '18 at 16:30
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    Didn't work for me with gimp 2.10 – t.animal Jun 26 '18 at 8:13
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    However, it loads only the first frame of a multi-frame image – Neil Mayhew Aug 24 '18 at 21:12
  • Advanced Raidology CDs that have autorun.inf executing a pbcdview.exe also provided a subdirectory whose files have been identified as 'DICOM medical image file` by file utility tool. None of the above works for this one. – John Greene Jun 5 at 19:24

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