HL7 Terminology
2.0.0 - Publication

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ValueSet: MediaType


Defining URL:http://terminology.hl7.org/ValueSet/v3-MediaType
Status:Active as of 2014-03-26

Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Mime Media Types

OID:2.16.840.1.113883.1.11.14824 (for OID based terminology systems)
Source Resource:XML / JSON / Turtle


This value set is not used here; it may be used elsewhere (e.g. specifications and/or implementations that use this content)

Logical Definition (CLD)



This value set contains 34 concepts

Warning: this expansion is generated from a fragment of the code system Media Type and may be missing codes, or include codes that are not valid

Expansion based on Media Type v2.1.0 (CodeSystem)

All codes from system http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-mediaType

0applicationApplicationMediaTypeApplication specific media type.
1  application/dicomDICOMDigital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) MIME type defined in RFC3240 \[http://ietf.org/rfc/rfc3240.txt\].
1  application/mswordMSWORDThis format is very prone to compatibility problems. If sharing of edit-able text is required, text/plain, text/html or text/rtf should be used instead.
1  application/pdfPDFThe Portable Document Format is recommended for written text that is completely laid out and read-only. PDF is a platform independent, widely deployed, and open specification with freely available creation and rendering tools.
0audioAudioMediaTypeAudio media type.
1  audio/basicBasic AudioThis is a format for single channel audio, encoded using 8bit ISDN mu-law \[PCM\] at a sample rate of 8000 Hz. This format is standardized by: CCITT, Fascicle III.4 -Recommendation G.711. Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) of Voice Frequencies. Geneva, 1972.
1  audio/k32adpcmK32ADPCM AudioADPCM allows compressing audio data. It is defined in the Internet specification RFC 2421 \[ftp://ftp.isi.edu/in-notes/rfc2421.txt\]. Its implementation base is unclear.
1  audio/mpegMPEG audio layer 3MPEG-1 Audio layer-3 is an audio compression algorithm and file format defined in ISO 11172-3 and ISO 13818-3. MP3 has an adjustable sampling frequency for highly compressed telephone to CD quality audio.
0imageImageMediaTypeImage media type.
1  image/g3faxG3Fax ImageThis is recommended only for fax applications.
1  image/gifGIF ImageGIF is a popular format that is universally well supported. However GIF is patent encumbered and should therefore be used with caution.
1  image/jpegJPEG ImageThis format is required for high compression of high color photographs. It is a "lossy" compression, but the difference to lossless compression is almost unnoticeable to the human vision.
1  image/pngPNG ImagePortable Network Graphics (PNG) \[http://www.cdrom.com/pub/png\] is a widely supported lossless image compression standard with open source code available.
1  image/tiffTIFF ImageAlthough TIFF (Tag Image File Format) is an international standard it has many interoperability problems in practice. Too many different versions that are not handled by all software alike.
0modelModelMediaTypeModel media type.
1  model/vrmlVRML ModelThis is an openly standardized format for 3D models that can be useful for virtual reality applications such as anatomy or biochemical research (visualization of the steric structure of macromolecules)
0multipartMultipartMediaTypeMultipart Media Type
1  multipart/x-hl7-cda-level-oneCDA Level 1 MultipartThe HL7 clinical document Architecture, Level 1 MIME package.
1  multipart/x-hl7-cda-level1CDA Level 1 MultipartThe HL7 clinical document Architecture, Level 1 MIME package.
0textTextMediaTypeFor any text
1  text/htmlHTML TextFor marked-up text according to the Hypertext Mark-up Language. HTML markup is sufficient for typographically marking-up most written-text documents. HTML is platform independent and widely deployed.
1  text/plainPlain Text**Description:**For any plain text. This is the default and is used for a character string (ST) data type.
1  text/rtfRTF TextThe Rich Text Format is widely used to share word-processor documents. However, RTF does have compatibility problems, as it is quite dependent on the word processor. May be useful if word processor edit-able text should be shared.
1  text/sgmlSGML TextFor structured character based data. There is a risk that general SGML/XML is too powerful to allow a sharing of general SGML/XML documents between different applications.
1  text/x-hl7-ftHL7 TextFor compatibility, this represents the HL7 v2.x FT data type. Its use is recommended only for backward compatibility with HL7 v2.x systems.
1  text/x-hl7-text+xmlHL7 Structured Narrative**Description:** The content described by the CDA Narrative Block (not just used by CDA).
1  text/xmlXML TextFor structured character based data. There is a risk that general SGML/XML is too powerful to allow a sharing of general SGML/XML documents between different applications.
0videoVideoMediaTypeVideo media type.
1  video/mp4MP4 VideoVideo format by the Motion Picture Experts Group under ISO/IEC 14496
1  video/mpegMPEG VideoMPEG is an international standard, widely deployed, highly efficient for high color video; open source code exists; highly interoperable.
1  video/quicktimeQuickTime VideoProprietary video format from Apple, Inc.
1  video/webmWebM VideoA royalty-free audiovisual media file format.
1  video/x-aviX-AVI VideoThe AVI file format is just a wrapper for many different codecs; it is a source of many interoperability problems.
1  video/x-ms-wmvWindows Media VideoProprietary video format from Microsoft, Inc.

Explanation of the columns that may appear on this page:

Level A few code lists that FHIR defines are hierarchical - each code is assigned a level. In this scheme, some codes are under other codes, and imply that the code they are under also applies
Source The source of the definition of the code (when the value set draws in codes defined elsewhere)
Code The code (used as the code in the resource instance)
Display The display (used in the display element of a Coding). If there is no display, implementers should not simply display the code, but map the concept into their application
Definition An explanation of the meaning of the concept
Comments Additional notes about how to use the code


2020-07-03reviseVocabulary WGTed KleinFix technical issue from original import
2020-05-06reviseVocabulary WGTed KleinMigrated to the UTG maintenance environment and publishing tooling.
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