16 Best Free Linux Medical Imaging Software

Medical imaging is an essential, non-invasive, routine activity performed by radiographers and radiologic technologists. It’s a discipline of the health profession which involves using technology to capture images of the human body.

There are a number of reasons why capturing these images are important to our well-being. First, the images help in the identification and examination of diseases, and physical injuries such as broken bones and ruptured blood vessels, as well as assisting in diagnosing suitable treatments. Medical imaging is also crucial in an educational role.

Imaging capturing devices for medical purposes use the DICOM image format. DICOM is an acronym for Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine. It’s the standard open image format used to handle, store, print and transmit information in medical imaging. This article focuses on software that lets you view images generated from DICOM devices.

DICOM enables the connectivity and exchange of data between:

  • Image Acquisition Devices / Modalities: X-Ray, CT, MR, NM, US.
  • Image Management Systems (PACS).
  • Diagnostic Workstations.
  • Storage and Archive Products.
  • Radiology Information Systems (RIS).
  • Cardiology Information Systems (CIS).
  • Radiation Therapy Planning Systems.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 16 free Linux medical imaging software.


Now, let’s explore the 16 imaging software at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of the software in action, together with links to relevant resources.

Medical Imaging Software
AlizaAdvanced medical imaging, DICOM viewer with 2D, 3D and MPR rendering
3D SlicerGeneral purpose biomedical software with visualization and analysis
MangoMedical research image viewer
Ginkgo CADxAdvanced DICOM viewer and dicomizer with conversion functionality
XMedconMedical Image Conversion Utility
WeasisMultipurpose standalone and web-based DICOM viewer
MRIcroGL Provides tools for 2D and 3D display of medical images
GATENumerical simulations in medical imaging and radiotherapy
AMIDEA Medical Imaging Data Examiner
SMILIThe Simple Medical Imaging Library Interface
dcm4cheDICOM implementation in Java
ImageJ General image processing program with DICOM support
Aeskulap Medical image viewer
kradviewDICOM viewer
DicomBrowserInspect and edit DICOM header fields, and DICOM viewer
openDICOM.NETDICOM library project
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