Section: OFFIS DCMTK (1)
Updated: Thu Nov 29 2018
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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 an underlying character encoding library
          # (see output of --version on which one is available)


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.
AcquisitionContextSRStorage                 1.2.840.10008.
SimplifiedAdultEchoSRStorage                1.2.840.10008.
PatientRadiationDoseSRStorage               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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general options
input options
processing options
output options
DICOM Conformance