ASTM E3169 - 18

    Standard Guide for Digital Imaging and Communication in Nondestructive Evaluation (DICONDE)

    Active Standard ASTM E3169 | Developed by Subcommittee: E07.11

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.04


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Personnel responsible for the creation, display, transfer or storage of digital nondestructive evaluation results will use this guide.

    5.2 Personnel responsible for the design and manufacture of NDT systems conforming to the DICONDE standard will use this guide.

    5.3 Personnel responsible for the purchase and implementation of NDT systems conforming to the DICONDE standard will use this guide.

    5.4 This guide will recommend courses of action for utilizing the DICONDE standard for the use cases described in 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3.

    1. Scope

    1.1 The display, transfer and storage of digital nondestructive evaluation data in a common, open format is necessary for the effective interpretation and preservation of evaluation results. ASTM International has developed common open standards for Digital Imaging and Communication in Nondestructive Evaluation (DICONDE) based on the ubiquitous healthcare industry standard Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine (DICOM). This guide provides an overview of the ASTM International standard practices that address DICONDE and assistance in identifying the correct standard practices for different use cases.

    1.2 This document provides an overview of how to utilize the ASTM DICONDE standard practices found in paragraph 2.1.2 on ASTM DICONDE Test Methods Standards for the display, transfer and storage of digital nondestructive test data

    1.3 This document provides an overview of how to utilize the DICOM standard found in paragraph 2.2 on Other Documents for the display, transfer and storage of digital nondestructive test data for test methods not explicitly addressed by a DICONDE standard practice but having an equivalent medical imaging modality.

    1.4 This document provides recommendations for the display, transfer and storage of nondestructive digital test data not addressed in 1.2 or 1.3.

    1.5 This document provides an overview of how to utilize the ASTM DICONDE standard practices found in paragraph 2.1.3 on ASTM DICONDE Interoperability Standards for validating a system that follows the ASTM DICONDE standard for the display, transfer and storage of digital nondestructive test data.

    1.6 This document provides an overview of how to utilize the ASTM DICONDE standard practices found in 2.1.3 for validating that two or more systems that follow the ASTM DICONDE standard for the transfer of digital nondestructive test data can successfully transfer data.

    1.7 This document provides an overview of how to utilize the ASTM DICONDE standard practices found in 2.1.3 for validating that two or more systems that follow the ASTM DICONDE standard for the display of digital nondestructive test data display data consistently.

    1.8 Although this guide 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 guide are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this guide.

    1.9 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.10 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    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)

    E2663 Practice for Digital Imaging and Communication in Nondestructive Evaluation (DICONDE) for Ultrasonic Test Methods

    E2699 Practice for Digital Imaging and Communication in Nondestructive Evaluation (DICONDE) for Digital Radiographic (DR) Test Methods

    E2738 Practice for Digital Imaging and Communication Nondestructive Evaluation (DICONDE) for Computed Radiography (CR) Test Methods

    E2767 Practice for Digital Imaging and Communication in Nondestructive Evaluation (DICONDE) for X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) Test Methods

    E2934 Practice for Digital Imaging and Communication in Nondestructive Evaluation (DICONDE) for Eddy Current (EC) Test Methods

    E3147 Practice for Evaluating DICONDE Interoperability of Nondestructive Testing and Inspection Systems

    Other Documentation

    ACR-NEMA 300-1998 Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine

    NEMA Standards Publication PS3, Version 3: Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM)


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 19.100 (Non-destructive testing); 35.140 (Computer graphics); 37.040.99 (Other standards related to photography)

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    DOI: 10.1520/E3169-18

    Citation Format

    ASTM E3169-18, Standard Guide for Digital Imaging and Communication in Nondestructive Evaluation (DICONDE), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2018, www.astm.org

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