Instructions: Dealing with DICOM files

Important Information
From January 1, 2024, Dogs Australia will only accept images in DICOM format. Learn more about sending DICOM files.

Turnaround time
The current turnaround time is 3 days. Reports from cases submitted today will be received before the 26 May 2024.

For Veterinarians

Below are multiple options for sending DICOM files.

Setting Up a Direct DICOM Send:
Most PACS systems can send images directly from your PACS to our PACS. If you are interested
in this option, please get in touch with us, and we will provide you with our PACS details for
configuration.

Attaching DICOM Files to the Vetscoring Submission Form:
When attaching DICOM files, please ensure they have the appropriate file extension, such as
“.dcm” or “.dicom.” If the files lack an extension, you may manually type it or create a zip file
(explained below) and upload it.

Attaching a Zip File:
To send DICOM files as a zip, copy all relevant files into an empty folder on your computer.
Right-click on the folder and select the “compress” or “create a zip file” option.
Attach the zip file to your submission. You can find an explanatory video below.

Emailing a Link to DICOM Files:
Please include the dog’s registration or name in the email subject in this method.
You may also include the link to the DICOM files in the comments section of the Vetscoring
submission form.
We strongly discourage sending DICOM files as email attachments due to their large size,
often leading to delivery failures.

For Breeders or Owners

We understand that some owners/breeders prefer JPG images to assess the image quality and
radiographic changes. If this applies to you, we recommend requesting both DICOM and JPG
files from your veterinarian. You can then use the JPG images for your assessment while
submitting the DICOM files for scoring.
To facilitate a seamless transition, we have provided multiple options for sending DICOM files:

Attaching DICOM Files to the Vetscoring Submission Form:
Ensure that DICOM files have the proper file extensions, such as “.dcm” or “.dicom.” If they lack
these extensions, you can manually add them or create a zip file containing the DICOM files
(explained below) for submission.

Attaching a Zip File:
Organize all DICOM files in an empty folder on your computer.
Right-click on the folder and select the “compress” or “create a zip file” option.
Attach the resulting zip file to your submission.
Additionally, you can req

How upload images from a CD/DVD using Windows

  • Insert the CD/DVD
  • Either click on the pop-up window and select “open folder to view files” or go to “file viewer” on click on the “file explorer” icon on the bottom of your screen
  • Select your disc (left click), then right click and select “copy”
  • Click on your desktop (left click), then right click and select “paste”
  • Select this folder (right click) Right-click on the folder, then point to Send to and select Compressed (zipped) folder.
  • Name the ZIP file. Enter the name you want the zipped file to have or hit Enter to accept the suggested filename.
  • Drag and drop this file to the “file upload area” on www.vetscoring.com

How upload images from a CD/DVD using a Mac

  • Insert the CD/DVD
  • Open Finder and find the CD/DVD under “locations”
  • Select your disc (left click), then right click and select “copy”
  • Click on your desktop (left click), then right click and select “paste”
  • Right-click on this folder and select “Compress Items”
  • Find the newly created .zip archive in the same directory
  • Drag and drop this file to the “file upload area” on www.vetscoring.com

Important information

From January 1, 2024, Dogs Australia will only accept images in DICOM format.