What is DICOM?

DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) - is the international standard for medical images and related information. It defines the formats for medical images that can be exchanged with the data and quality necessary for clinical use.

DICOM contains the original image pixel data without any modifications to the study metadata.

Altris AI recommends using the DICOM file format when exporting examinations (scans) from your OCT device.
This type of a file includes:

  • All scans from OCT Examination
  • You can select how many scans you want to export into DICOM on your OCT
  • Necessary examination data


Altris AI recommends to use DICOM instead of images. As Images doesn't include all necessary examination data, which cause that several main system components won't be able to represent convenient data

Therefore using the DICOM type of file gives you more opportunities within the platform:

  • Such features as retina layers thickness in a Single scan tab, linear measurements, area, and volume calculations from the Measurements tab are only available when using DICOM file format (not images). In case you upload an image, retina layers thickness won't be available, as well as the measurements.
  • Another advantage of the DICOM format is that you can add patient and examination details in a few clicks by just uploading a DICOM file since this information is being pulled out automatically. In the case of the Images, when for example uploading an examination, you would have to fill in manually a bunch of information such as scan widths, eye type, etc.