The 12.1 reimplementation of import for DICOM data seems to bring in the data from a single slice as a NumericArray, In the past, the data would be returned as a list of lists of numbers {{1,1,1,...},{2,2,2,,,},...}.

This change to an Experimental feature has broken a bit of really old code for me. I am wondering if there is a way to redefine the data import in a way that restores the behavior i have utilized in the past.

For example, in the past, to view non-planar image, i could just import the data from a list of files:


Then select the data to display in the list indices:


The issue is from accessing the array. The command UseData[[All,255,1;;255]] results in an error:

Part::Cannot take positions 10 through 100 in {NumericArray[Type: UnsignedInteger, Length: 512],NumericArray[Type: UnsignedInteger, Length: 512],NumericArray[Type: UnsignedInteger, Length: 512],...}

It's not so bad, but now the import operation requires the additional step of applying Normal to the typed array:


I can do a search and replace through all the libraries, but i am wondering if there is a smarter way to fix my issue. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you,


  • $\begingroup$ ArrayPlot usually works fine with NumericArray, it's surprising that it doesn't work here. $\endgroup$
    – MassDefect
    Apr 9, 2020 at 18:12
  • $\begingroup$ @MassDefect Thanks! The issue isn't from the use of ArrayPlot, it's from trying to view the array edge-on. I will clean up the question to make that more clear. $\endgroup$
    – xsk8rat
    Apr 11, 2020 at 1:42

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If what you need is specifically to get "Data" in packed array ("list of numbers") instead of NumericArray, then I do not see any better solution than Normalizing. There is no Import element that would give exactly what you want.

As for

to view non-planar image, i could just import the data (...)

Perhaps Import[xxx.dcm, "Image"], which gives the Image object directly, would be a better choice here.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @raflac! That would import as a list of images. $\endgroup$
    – xsk8rat
    Apr 11, 2020 at 1:33

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