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dsrdump - Dump DICOM SR file and data set


dsrdump [options] dsrfile-in...


The dsrdump utility dumps the contents of a DICOM Structured Reporting (SR) document (file
format or raw data set) to stdout in textual form. The output of the document content
follows the format proposed in David Clunie's book 'DICOM Structured Reporting' (PixelMed
Publishing, 2000).

If dsrdump reads a raw data set (DICOM data without a file format meta-header) it will
attempt to guess the transfer syntax by examining the first few bytes of the file. It is
not always possible to correctly guess the transfer syntax and it is better to convert a
data set to a file format whenever possible (using the dcmconv utility). It is also
possible to use the -f and -t[ieb] options to force dsrdump to read a dataset with a
particular transfer syntax.


dsrfile-in DICOM SR input filename to be dumped


general options
-h --help
print this help text and exit

print version information and exit

print expanded command line arguments

-q --quiet
quiet mode, print no warnings and errors

-v --verbose
verbose mode, print processing details

-d --debug
debug mode, print debug information

-ll --log-level [l]evel: string constant
(fatal, error, warn, info, debug, trace)
use level l for the logger

-lc --log-config [f]ilename: string
use config file f for the logger

input options
input file format:

+f --read-file
read file format or data set (default)

+fo --read-file-only
read file format only

-f --read-dataset
read data set without file meta information

input transfer syntax:

-t= --read-xfer-auto
use TS recognition (default)

-td --read-xfer-detect
ignore TS specified in the file meta header

-te --read-xfer-little
read with explicit VR little endian TS

-tb --read-xfer-big
read with explicit VR big endian TS

-ti --read-xfer-implicit
read with implicit VR little endian TS

processing options
additional information:

-Ip --processing-details
show currently processed content item

error handling:

-Er --unknown-relationship
accept unknown/missing relationship type

-Ev --invalid-item-value
accept invalid content item value
(e.g. violation of VR or VM definition)

-Ec --ignore-constraints
ignore relationship content constraints

-Ee --ignore-item-errors
do not abort on content item errors, just warn
(e.g. missing value type specific attributes)

-Ei --skip-invalid-items
skip invalid content items (including sub-tree)

-Dv --disable-vr-checker
disable check for VR-conformant string values

specific character set:

+U8 --convert-to-utf8
convert all element values that are affected
by Specific Character Set (0008,0005) to UTF-8

# requires support from the libiconv toolkit

output options
general printing:

+Pf --print-filename
print header with filename for each document

-Ph --no-document-header
do not print general document information

+Pn --number-nested-items
print position string in front of each line

-Pn --indent-nested-items
indent nested items by spaces (default)

printing values:

+Pl --print-long-values
print long item values completely

-Pl --shorten-long-values
print long item values shortened (default)

+Pu --print-instance-uid
print SOP instance UID of referenced objects

-Ps --print-sopclass-short
print short SOP class name of referenced image objects,
e.g. "CT image" (default)

+Ps --print-sopclass-long
print long SOP class name of referenced objects

+Psu --print-sopclass-uid
print SOP class UID of referenced objects

+Pc --print-all-codes
print all codes (including concept name codes)

+Pi --print-invalid-codes
print invalid codes (for debugging purposes)

-Pi --no-invalid-codes
print text "invalid code" instead (default)

+Pt --print-template-id
print template identification information

enhanced encoding mode:

+Pe --indicate-enhanced
indicate that enhanced mode is used for codes

-Pe --no-enhanced-mode
do not indicate enhanced mode (default)


+C --print-color
use ANSI escape codes for colored output

# not available on Windows systems

-C --no-color
do not use any ANSI escape codes (default)

# not available on Windows systems


DICOM Conformance
The dsrdump utility supports the following SOP Classes:

SpectaclePrescriptionReportStorage 1.2.840.10008.
MacularGridThicknessAndVolumeReportStorage 1.2.840.10008.
BasicTextSRStorage 1.2.840.10008.
EnhancedSRStorage 1.2.840.10008.
ComprehensiveSRStorage 1.2.840.10008.
Comprehensive3DSRStorage 1.2.840.10008.
ProcedureLogStorage 1.2.840.10008.
MammographyCADSRStorage 1.2.840.10008.
KeyObjectSelectionDocumentStorage 1.2.840.10008.
ChestCADSRStorage 1.2.840.10008.
XRayRadiationDoseSRStorage 1.2.840.10008.
RadiopharmaceuticalRadiationDoseSRStorage 1.2.840.10008.
ColonCADSRStorage 1.2.840.10008.
ImplantationPlanSRDocumentStorage 1.2.840.10008.


The level of logging output of the various command line tools and underlying libraries can
be specified by the user. By default, only errors and warnings are written to the standard
error stream. Using option --verbose also informational messages like processing details
are reported. Option --debug can be used to get more details on the internal activity,
e.g. for debugging purposes. Other logging levels can be selected using option --log-
level. In --quiet mode only fatal errors are reported. In such very severe error events,
the application will usually terminate. For more details on the different logging levels,
see documentation of module 'oflog'.

In case the logging output should be written to file (optionally with logfile rotation),
to syslog (Unix) or the event log (Windows) option --log-config can be used. This
configuration file also allows for directing only certain messages to a particular output
stream and for filtering certain messages based on the module or application where they
are generated. An example configuration file is provided in <etcdir>/logger.cfg.


All command line tools use the following notation for parameters: square brackets enclose
optional values (0-1), three trailing dots indicate that multiple values are allowed
(1-n), a combination of both means 0 to n values.

Command line options are distinguished from parameters by a leading '+' or '-' sign,
respectively. Usually, order and position of command line options are arbitrary (i.e. they
can appear anywhere). However, if options are mutually exclusive the rightmost appearance
is used. This behavior conforms to the standard evaluation rules of common Unix shells.

In addition, one or more command files can be specified using an '@' sign as a prefix to
the filename (e.g. @command.txt). Such a command argument is replaced by the content of
the corresponding text file (multiple whitespaces are treated as a single separator unless
they appear between two quotation marks) prior to any further evaluation. Please note that
a command file cannot contain another command file. This simple but effective approach
allows one to summarize common combinations of options/parameters and avoids longish and
confusing command lines (an example is provided in file <datadir>/dumppat.txt).


The dsrdump utility will attempt to load DICOM data dictionaries specified in the
DCMDICTPATH environment variable. By default, i.e. if the DCMDICTPATH environment variable
is not set, the file <datadir>/dicom.dic will be loaded unless the dictionary is built
into the application (default for Windows).

The default behavior should be preferred and the DCMDICTPATH environment variable only
used when alternative data dictionaries are required. The DCMDICTPATH environment variable
has the same format as the Unix shell PATH variable in that a colon (':') separates
entries. On Windows systems, a semicolon (';') is used as a separator. The data dictionary
code will attempt to load each file specified in the DCMDICTPATH environment variable. It
is an error if no data dictionary can be loaded.

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