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       dcmp2pgm - Read DICOM image and presentation state and render bitmap


       dcmp2pgm [options] dcmimage_in [bitmap_out]


       The dcmp2pgm utility renders a monochrome DICOM image under the control
       of a grayscale softcopy presentation state  object  into  a  monochrome
       bitmap with 8 bits/pixel. The bitmap is stored either as ’Portable Gray
       Map’ (PGM) or  as  a  DICOM  secondary  capture  image  object.  If  no
       presentation  state  is read from file, a default presentation state is
       created. The utility  allows  to  read  a  configuration  file  of  the
       Softcopy  Presentation  State  Viewer  upon  startup. In this case, the
       settings from the configuration file affecting  the  rendering  of  the
       presentation  state are used, e.g. a correction of the gray scale range
       according to Barten’s model (DICOM part 14) can  be  performed  if  the
       characteristic  curve of the display system is available and defined in
       the configuration file.


       dcmimage_in  input DICOM image

       bitmap_out   output DICOM image or PGM bitmap


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

               print version information and exit

         -v  --verbose
               verbose mode, dump presentation state contents

         -d  --debug
               debug mode, print debug information

   processing options
         -p  --pstate  [f]ilename: string
               process using presentation state file

         -c  --config  [f]ilename: string
               process using settings from configuration file

         -f  --frame  [f]rame: integer
               process using image frame f (default: 1)

   output format
         -D  --pgm
               save image as PGM (default)

         +D  --dicom
               save image as DICOM secondary capture

   output options
         +S  --save-pstate  [f]ilename: string
               save presentation state to file


       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 dcmp2pgm 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.


       etc/dcmpstat.cfg - sample configuration file


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       Oldenburg, Germany.