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DicomBrowser is a useful but limited utility software tool that has several known limitations that should prevent its use as a DICOM anonymization tool. Notably, it cannot support DICOM sequences, which are often rife with PHI. Additionally, there is no planned development on this tool. We offer this open source software and documentation without warranty or support.  

DicomBrowser is an application for inspecting and modifying DICOM metadata in many files at once. A single imaging session can produce thousands of DICOM files; DicomBrowser allows users to view and edit a whole session—or even multiple sessions—at once. Users can save the original or modified files to disk, or send them across a network to a DICOM C-STORE service class provider, such as a PACS or an XNAT.

Download and install DicomBrowser

You can download the source, build, and install DicomBrowser from the bitbucket git repository, or get the software ready-to-run from

Native versions are available for Mac, Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) and Linux (Debian & Redhat).

Video Tutorial 

Note: This tutorial was executed on XNAT 1.5. Several elements of the surrounding UI has been updated since then.  

Learn More:


  • Report a bug or request a feature.
  • Sign up for the DicomBrowser discussion group
  • Download a sample anonymization script that removes all attributes listed in the DICOM Basic Application Level Confidentiality Profile. WARNING: this script removes so much metadata that the resulting files are generally unsuitable for upload to XNAT.
  • Download a sample anonymization script that is intended as a base to be extended: obviously problematic fields are cleared, removed, or pseudonymized, but no guarantee is made that all potentially identifying information is removed.WARNING: this script will almost certainly not sufficiently deidentify your data. Test on your data by applying the script, then use multiple tools to manually verify that all PHI has been removed; we recommend reviewing the output using at least a full metadata display tool like dcmdump AND ALSO a hex dump utility like UNIX’s od or Emacs’s hexl-mode.
  • Download sample DICOM data (35 MB), courtesy of Denise Head.
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