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DICOM Browser

Explore collection of DICOM files


The DICOM Browser app lets you explore the contents of collections of DICOM files. The app sorts images by study and series. You can select a series and save it to the MATLAB workspace. The DICOM Browser stores the data as a volume, with separate variables for a colormap and for spatial details.

DICOM Browser app

Open the DICOM Browser App

  • MATLAB® Toolstrip: On the Apps tab, under Image Processing and Computer Vision, click the DICOM Browser app icon.

  • MATLAB command prompt: Enter dicomBrowser.


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Open the DICOM Browser, displaying DICOM files from the sample image folder.


Open the DICOM Browser and explore a DICOM folder by using the DICOMDIR file.


Programmatic Use

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dicomBrowser opens the DICOM Browser app for exploring the contents of collections of DICOM files.

dicomBrowser(DIR) opens the DICOM Browser app, displaying details about the files in the folder DIR and its subfolders. DIR can contain a full path name, a relative path name to the file, or the name of a file on the MATLAB search path.

dicomBrowser(DICOMDIR) opens the DICOM Browser app and gathers details from the DICOM directory file, named DICOMDIR. A DICOM directory file is a special DICOM file that serves as a directory to a collection of DICOM files stored on removable media, such as CD/DVD ROMs. DICOMDIR can contain a full path name or a relative path name to the file. The name of this file is DICOMDIR, with no file extension.

Version History

Introduced in R2017b