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       dcmmkcrv - Add 2D curve data to image


       dcmmkcrv [options] dcmimg-in curvedata-in dcmimg-out


       The  dcmmkcrv  utility  allows  to create DICOM images containing curve
       data. Since curve data  is  hardly  used  by  vendors  today,  this  is
       intended  as  a means to test implementations that can read curve data.
       The utility reads an existing DICOM image and a  text  file  containing
       the  curve  data in textual form. A DICOM curve data repeating group is
       created according to the options specified on the command  line,  added
       to  the  existing  image  and  written back to file. The output file is
       encoded with the same transfer syntax used for  the  input  file.  This
       utility only supports the creation of two-dimensional curves.


       dcmimg-in     DICOM input image file

       curvedata-in  curve data input file (text)

       dcmimg-out    DICOM output filename


   general options
         -h  --help
               print this help text and exit

               print version information and exit

         -v  --verbose
               verbose mode, print processing details

         -d  --debug
               debug mode, print debug information

   curve creation options
       curve type:

         -r  --poly
               create as POLY curve (default)

         +r  --roi
               create as ROI curve

       curve value representation:

         +v  --data-vr  [n]umber: integer 0..4 (default: 4)
               select curve data VR: 0=US, 1=SS, 2=FL, 3=FD, 4=SL

         -c  --curve-vr  [n]umber: integer 0..2 (default: 0)
               select VR with which the Curve Data element is written
               0=VR according to --data-vr, 1=OB, 2=OW

       repeating group:

         -g  --group  [n]umber: integer 0..15 (default: 0)
               select repeating group: 0=0x5000, 1=0x5002 etc.

       curve description:

         -l  --label  s: string
               set Curve Label to s (default: absent)

         +d  --description  s: string
               set Curve Description to s (default: absent)

         -a  --axis  x: string, y: string
               set Axis Units to xy (default: absent)


   Syntax of the Curve Data File
       The  curve  data  file  is  expected  to  be  a  plain  ASCII text file
       containing numbers (integer or floating point) comprising the values of
       the  point  coordinates.  Numbers  must  be separated by whitespace. No
       checking of the value range or value  range  conversion  is  performed.

        256.451947    1.000000
        477.689863  128.822080
        128.822080  477.689863
         35.310137  128.822080
        256.451947    1.000000


       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

       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) 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


       The  dcmmkcrv  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
       <PREFIX>/lib/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.
       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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       Oldenburg, Germany.