DICOM Approves New Working Group to Address 3D Printing


DICOM Approves New Working Group to Address 3D Printing 

Washington, D.C. – MITA, the Secretariat for the DICOM Standards Committee (DSC), announced today that the DSC is launching a new activity by Working Group 17 (WG-17) to extend and promote the use of the DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Standard for the creation, storage and management of 3D printing models in a healthcare setting.

“We are pleased to be working with members of the clinical community and software developers to create standards that will promote efficient patient care by avoiding deficits in interoperability,” said WG-17 Co-Chair, Allan Noordvyk, Executive Director of Research, Imaging & Workflow Solutions, at McKesson. “This emerging technology will benefit from a Working Group of experts drawn from the medical 3D printing community, working in tandem with imaging experts familiar with the nature and structure of DICOM. Together we will create extensions for 3D printing within the DICOM Standard, thus bringing this rapidly expanding field fully into the fold of one of the most widely deployed healthcare interchange standards in the world.”

“By leveraging the well-established DICOM Standard for medical additive manufacturing, MITA and WG-17 will further enable hospital-based 3D printing and ensure consistency across the clinical landscape, including PACS” said WG-17 Co-Chair, Justin Ryan, Research Scientist of the Cardiac 3D Print Lab, at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The WG-17’s objectives include the following:

  • Identify and maintain a roadmap of use cases and compatibility concerns to be addressed
  • Develop or consult on relevant change proposals (CPs) and Supplements
  • Serve as a liaison between the multiple stakeholder groups involved
  • Facilitate the inclusion of data relevant to the 3D printing imaging community in DICOM objects
  • Enable PACS and VNA vendors to consistently incorporate data relevant to 3D printing within existing database infrastructure
  • Provide best practice guidance and reference implementations to promote the use of DICOM in 3D printing applications.

WG-17 will be co-chaired by Allan Noordvyk, Executive Director of Research, Imaging & Workflow Solutions, at McKesson (Industry Co-Chair), and Justin Ryan, Research Scientist, at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (User Co-Chair).

Visit the DICOM website to participate in WG-17.


DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) is the international standard for medical images and related information (ISO 12052). The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), a division of NEMA, is the collective voice of medical imaging equipment and radiopharmaceutical manufacturers, innovators and product developers. It represents companies whose sales comprise more than 90 percent of the global market for advanced medical imaging technology. MITA serves as the Secretariat for DICOM.  For more information, visit medical.nema.org and medicalimaging.org