6. Support of Character Sets

dcm4che DICOM Archive 5 supports all extended character sets defined in the DICOM 2017 standard, including single-byte and multi-byte character sets as well as code extension techniques using ISO 2022 escapes in DICOM messages.

Support extends to correctly decoding and displaying the correct symbol for all names and strings found in storage instances received over the network, and in the local database.

In addition to the default character repertoire, the Defined Terms for Specific Character Set in Table 6.1 are supported:

Table 6.1 Supported Specific Character Set Defined Terms
Character Set Description DICOM attribute: Specific Character Set (0008,0005) HL7 field: Character Set MSH 18
Latin alphabet No. 1 ISO_IR 100 8859/1
Latin alphabet No. 2 ISO_IR 101 8859/2
Latin alphabet No. 3 ISO_IR 109 8859/3
Latin alphabet No. 4 ISO_IR 110 8859/4
Cyrillic ISO_IR 144 8859/5
Arabic ISO_IR 127 8859/6
Greek ISO_IR 126 8859/7
Hebrew ISO_IR 138 8859/8
Latin alphabet No. 5 ISO_IR 148 8859/9
Japanese ISO_IR 13 ISO IR14
Thai ISO_IR 166 CNS 11643-1992
Default repertoire ISO 2022 IR 6 not supported [1]
Latin alphabet No. 1 ISO 2022 IR 100 not supported [1]
Latin alphabet No. 2 ISO 2022 IR 101 not supported [1]
Latin alphabet No. 3 ISO 2022 IR 109 not supported [1]
Latin alphabet No. 4 ISO 2022 IR 110 not supported [1]
Cyrillic ISO 2022 IR 144 not supported [1]
Arabic ISO 2022 IR 127 not supported [1]
Greek ISO 2022 IR 126 not supported [1]
Hebrew ISO 2022 IR 138 not supported [1]
Latin alphabet No. 5 ISO 2022 IR 148 not supported [1]
Japanese ISO 2022 IR 13 not supported [1]
Thai ISO 2022 IR 166 not supported [1]
Japanese ISO 2022 IR 87 not supported [1]
Japanese ISO 2022 IR 159 not supported [1]
Korean ISO 2022 IR 149 not supported [1]
Simplified Chinese ISO 2022 IR 58 not supported [1]
Unicode in UTF-8 ISO_IR 192 UNICODE UTF-8
GB18030 GB18030 GB 18030-2000
GBK GBK GB 18030-2000
[1](1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16) Escape sequences supporting multiple character sets in HL7 v2 messages are not supported.