ASTM E2738 - 13e1

    Standard Practice for Digital Imaging and Communication Nondestructive Evaluation (DICONDE) for Computed Radiography (CR) Test Methods

    Active Standard ASTM E2738 | Developed by Subcommittee: E07.11

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.03


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Personnel that are responsible for the creation, transfer, and storage of computed radiography NDE data will use this practice. This practice will define a set of information modules that along with the Practice E2339 and the DICOM standard will provide a standard means to organize CR inspection data. The CR inspection data may be displayed and analyzed on any device that conforms to the standard. Personnel wishing to view any CR inspection data stored in accordance with Practice E2339 may use this practice to help them decode and display the data contained in the DICONDE compliant inspection record.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice facilitates the interoperability of computed radiography (CR) imaging and data acquisition equipment by specifying image data transfer and archival storage methods in commonly accepted terms. This practice is intended to be used in conjunction with Practice E2339 on Digital Imaging and Communication in Nondestructive Evaluation (DICONDE). Practice E2339 defines an industrial adaptation of the NEMA Standards Publication titled Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM, see http://medical.nema.org), an international standard for image data acquisition, review, storage and archival storage. The goal of Practice E2339, commonly referred to as DICONDE, is to provide a standard that facilitates the display and analysis of NDE results on any system conforming to the DICONDE standard. Toward that end, Practice E2339 provides a data dictionary and a set of information modules that are applicable to all NDE modalities. This practice supplements Practice E2339 by providing information object definitions, information modules and a data dictionary that are specific to computed radiography test methods.

    1.2 This practice has been developed to overcome the issues that arise when analyzing or archiving data from CR test equipment using proprietary data transfer and storage methods. As digital technologies evolve, data must remain decipherable through the use of open, industry-wide methods for data transfer and archival storage. This practice defines a method where all standard CR technique parameters and test results are communicated and stored in a standard manner regardless of changes in digital technology.

    1.3 This practice does not specify:

    1.3.1 A testing or validation procedure to assess an implementation's conformance to the standard.

    1.3.2 The implementation details of any features of the standard on a device claiming conformance.

    1.3.3 The overall set of features and functions to be expected from a system implemented by integrating a group of devices each claiming DICONDE conformance.

    1.4 Although this practice contains no values that require units, it does describe methods to store and communicate data that do require units to be properly interpreted. The SI units required by this practice are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this practice.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E1316 Terminology for Nondestructive Examinations

    E2339 Practice for Digital Imaging and Communication in Nondestructive Evaluation (DICONDE)


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 35.240.80 (IT applications in health care technology)

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    DOI: 10.1520/E2738

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