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|
|Aliza||Advanced medical imaging, DICOM viewer with 2D, 3D and MPR rendering|
|3D Slicer||General purpose biomedical software with visualization and analysis|
|Mango||Medical research image viewer|
|Ginkgo CADx||Advanced DICOM viewer and dicomizer with conversion functionality|
|XMedcon||Medical Image Conversion Utility|
|Weasis||Multipurpose standalone and web-based DICOM viewer|
|MRIcroGL||Provides tools for 2D and 3D display of medical images|
|GATE||Numerical simulations in medical imaging and radiotherapy|
|AMIDE||A Medical Imaging Data Examiner|
|SMILI||The Simple Medical Imaging Library Interface|
|dcm4che||DICOM implementation in Java|
|ImageJ||General image processing program with DICOM support|
|Aeskulap||Medical image viewer|
|DicomBrowser||Inspect and edit DICOM header fields, and DICOM viewer|
|openDICOM.NET||DICOM library project|
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