Introduction to DICONDE: the Exchange Standard for NDT Digital Imaging

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Learning Event: Webinar
Original air date: 20 February 2024
Duration: 1 hour
Contact Hours: 1
Valid for ASNT Level III recertification: Yes

  • Members: Free!
  • Nonmembers: $79

Digital Imaging and Communication in Nondestructive Evaluation (DICONDE) is a standard defined by an ASTM committee formed in 1999, for handling, sharing, storing, and exchanging information between DICONDE-compliant digital imaging systems. It is based on the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard, which allowed the transition from film-based imaging to digital in the healthcare field. A similar transition is underway in the field of non-destructive testing and validation which is greatly facilitated by having a single standard for these digital imaging facilitating exchange between devices from different vendors.

This presentation will provide the rationale for having a standard for image exchange and a brief overview of the standard. It will familiarize the audience with the metadata defined to identify the images and the protocol used to exchange the information. This will allow attendees to be proactive when specifying or purchasing the devices used for testing and evaluation and give them the basic skills to display the metadata for recording and QA purposes.

After attending this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Locate in the DICONDE metadata the essential information about the image acquisition, equipment and software used, and anything needed to create an audit trail
  • Verify the parameters used to acquire the images
  • Create a report using the necessary information from the images
  • Prepare additional tests based on the results reported by the DICONDE images
  • Use a digital image viewer for review purposes of the images and drill down to the metadata
  • Interpret DICONDE conformance specifications
  • Plan for future acquisition and/or specification of devices using the DICONDE standard

Herman Oosterwijk, MSc, MBA is an expert in the field of digital informatics. He participated in the creation of the DICOM standard, on which the DICONDE standard is based, for many years and has taught in more than 25 countries about the standard.


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