WG-13 (Visible Light)
Secretary Howard Clark, MITA
Co-Chair Emmanuel Cordonnier, ETIAM (pro tempore)
Co-Chair To be nominated
Date of Last Update: Dec 4th, 2009
To accompany the adoption of DICOM standards for still and motion Visible Light color images, produced by
endoscopes, microscopes, or photographic cameras, and propose new DICOM standards if required, for creation
To contribute to accelerate the adoption of the DICOM by Visible Light Users and Vendors, thanks to the
Supplements 42, 47, and 137.
To enlarge (number of modalities) and enrich (quantity of information) the DICOM VL standard.
To see if other topics must be specifically addressed around the existing standards, like, for example,
streaming video, and/or, automation of workflow based on simple acquisition modalities ("unscheduled"
and/or "one button" operation based).
To accompany/anticipate the adoption of HD video by the medical arena.
To finalize the new supplement 149 on MPEG4/AVC.
To develop the newly accepted Work Item on Blu-ray Disc (BD).
To accompany the launch of the new IHE-Endoscopy domain.
WG-13 continues to develop its activity with an increasing contribution of actors from the domain,
especially vendors, focusing mainly on the new HD video.
Future Work Items:
No new topic for the moment.
Not enough participation from the key users of the domain, based in America, Asia and Europe, no
“official” participation of vendors. Both makes difficult to structure the WG13 group (chairmanship,
Important delay in the acceptance of the DICOM video objects by PACS vendors and administrators.
Challenges and Opportunities:
The use of VL images is rapidly growing (non/less invasive surgery, advanced diagnosis, surgery
monitoring…). All equipment is migrating from analog to digital technology, thanks to consumer
multimedia technologies. Targeted modalities are Gastro-Enterology, Laparoscopy, Orthopedics,
Ophthalmology, Ear Nose Throat, Gynecology, Bronchoscopes.
The manufacturers and users are facing to the necessary integration with other equipment and information
system, for quality, safety and efficiency objectives.
The development of HD video contributes to generalize the digitization of the VL images and to make new
requirements appearing in the use of images (e.g. creation and integration of small video clips integrated in
the patient record), which imply connection of VL equipment to the computerized environment, enabled by
However, for multiple reasons including the patient safety, the nature of application is very different than
the radiology one, requiring new architecture and design, having significant impact on the use of DICOM.
Relationships to Other Standards:
MPEG-2, ISO/IEC 13818, 1996
MPEG-4 AVC, ISO/IEC 14496-10, H.264 ITU
Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA)
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