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DCMTK is a collection of libraries and applications implementing large parts the DICOM standard. It includes software for examining, constructing and converting DICOM image files, handling offline media, sending and receiving images over a network connection, as well as demonstrative image storage and worklist servers. DCMTK is is written in a mixture of ANSI C and C++. It comes in complete source code and is made available as "open source" software.

DCMTK has been used at numerous DICOM demonstrations to provide central, vendor-independent image storage and worklist servers (CTNs - Central Test Nodes). It is used by hospitals and companies all over the world for a wide variety of purposes ranging from being a tool for product testing to being a building block for research projects, prototypes and commercial products.

The DCMTK software can be compiled under Windows and a wide range of Unix operating systems including Linux, Solaris, QNX, IRIX, Free/Net/OpenBSD and MacOS X. All necessary configuration scripts and project makefiles are supplied.

See the documentation included with the distribution for the latest information about changes in DCMTK between releases. A summary of the highlights of the current release is available in the ANNOUNCE file. An overview of the toolkit's modules is included in the distribution's README file. The COPYRIGHT text and the history of DCMTK's development are also available online. Frequently asked questions are answered in the FAQ.

The software can be downloaded from the DCMTK web page.