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       dcmdump - Dump DICOM file and data set


       dcmdump [options] dcmfile-in...


       The  dcmdump  utility  dumps the contents of a DICOM file (file format or raw data set) to
       stdout in textual form. Attributes with very large value fields (e.g. pixel data)  can  be
       described  as  '(not  loaded)'. String value fields will be delimited with square brackets
       ([]). Known UIDs will be displayed by  their  names  prefixed  by  an  equals  sign  (e.g.
       '=MRImageStorage')  unless  this  mapping  would  be  explicitly switched off. Empty value
       fields are described as '(no value available)'.

       If dcmdump 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 dcmdump  to  read  a  dataset  with  a
       particular transfer syntax.


       dcmfile-in  DICOM input file or directory 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

       input files:

         +sd  --scan-directories
                scan directories for input files (dcmfile-in)

         +sp  --scan-pattern  [p]attern: string (only with --scan-directories)
                pattern for filename matching (wildcards)

                # possibly not available on all systems

         -r   --no-recurse
                do not recurse within directories (default)

         +r   --recurse
                recurse within specified directories

       parsing of file meta information:

         +ml  --use-meta-length
                use file meta information group length (default)

         -ml  --ignore-meta-length
                ignore file meta information group length

       parsing of odd-length attributes:

         +ao  --accept-odd-length
                accept odd length attributes (default)

         +ae  --assume-even-length
                assume real length is one byte larger

       handling of non-standard VR:

         +vr  --treat-as-unknown
                treat non-standard VR as unknown (default)

         -vr  --assume-implicit
                try to read with implicit VR little endian TS

       handling of undefined length UN elements:

         +ui  --enable-cp246
                read undefined len UN as implicit VR (default)

         -ui  --disable-cp246
                read undefined len UN as explicit VR

       handling of defined length UN elements:

         -uc  --retain-un
                retain elements as UN (default)

         +uc  --convert-un
                convert to real VR if known

       handling of private max-length elements (implicit VR):

         -sq  --maxlength-dict
                read as defined in dictionary (default)

         +sq  --maxlength-seq
                read as sequence with undefined length

       automatic data correction:

         +dc  --enable-correction
                enable automatic data correction (default)

         -dc  --disable-correction
                disable automatic data correction

       general handling of parser errors:

         +Ep  --ignore-parse-errors
                try to recover from parse errors

         -Ep  --handle-parse-errors
                handle parse errors and stop parsing (default)

       other parsing options:

         +st  --stop-after-elem  [t]ag: "gggg,eeee" or dictionary name
                stop parsing after element specified by t

       bitstream format of deflated input:

         +bd  --bitstream-deflated
                expect deflated bitstream (default)

         +bz  --bitstream-zlib
                expect deflated zlib bitstream

   output options

         +M   --load-all
                load very long tag values (default)

         -M   --load-short
                do not load very long values (e.g. pixel data)

         +R   --max-read-length  [k]bytes: integer (4..4194302, default: 4)
                set threshold for long values to k kbytes


         +L   --print-all
                print long tag values completely

         -L   --print-short
                print long tag values shortened (default)

         +T   --print-tree
                print hierarchical structure as a simple tree

         -T   --print-indented
                print hierarchical structure indented (default)

         +F   --print-filename
                print header with filename for each input file

         +Fs  --print-file-search
                print header with filename only for those input files
                that contain one of the searched tags

         +Un  --map-uid-names
                map well-known UID numbers to names (default)

         -Un  --no-uid-names
                do not map well-known UID numbers to names

         +Qn  --quote-nonascii
                quote non-ASCII and control chars as XML markup

         -Qn  --print-nonascii
                print non-ASCII and control chars (default)

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

                # not available on Windows systems

       error handling:

         -E   --stop-on-error
                do not print if file is damaged (default)

         +E   --ignore-errors
                attempt to print even if file is damaged


         +P   --search  [t]ag: "gggg,eeee" or dictionary name
                print the value of tag t this option can be specified
                multiple times (default: the complete file is printed)

         +s   --search-all
                print all instances of searched tags (default)

         -s   --search-first
                only print first instance of searched tags

         +p   --prepend
                prepend sequence hierarchy to printed tag,
                denoted by: (gggg,eeee).(gggg,eeee).*
                (only with --search-all or --search-first)

         -p   --no-prepend
                do not prepend hierarchy to tag (default)


         +W   --write-pixel  [d]irectory: string
                write pixel data to a .raw file stored in d
                (little endian, filename created automatically)


       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 behaviour 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 to summarize common combinations  of  options/parameters  and  avoids  longish  and
       confusing command lines (an example is provided in file <datadir>/dumppat.txt).


       The  dcmdump  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 behaviour 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.


       dump2dcm(1), dcmconv(1)


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