As a surgeon, specialized in orthopedic surgery, I depend on the analysis of radiological images to evaluate medical conditions and planification of future surgeries for each and every patient. Radiological documents involving various modalities such as plain films, Computer Tomograms (CT), Magnetic Resonance Images (MRI), scintigrams and others are provided by various sources on diverse supports such as CD-ROMS, digital supports or files. Instead of switching between various viewer applications, such as those included on Radiolographic CDs,
I have been relying on the OsiriX application as my unique viewer and image analysis tool over the last ten years and do not plan to change anytime soon.
The main reasons for using OsiriX in my daily practice are following:
- Intuitive and reactive interface.
- Importation into OsiriX of documents from various file formats or supports (CD, Centralized PACS systems, internet etc.) is as easy as drag and drop. Exportation on various supports is an available feature.
- Plugins allowing specific image analysis are available on the web. We have developed a 2D planification plugin that we use daily prior to every hip arthroplasty procedure.
- Beautiful 3D reconstructions, based on CT files, can be created using the OsiriX interface. These views are a tremendous help for pre- and post-operative visualization of complex skeletal lesions such as pelvic and acetabulum fractures. These tridimentional views can be exported as movies and pasted into Powerpoint presentations.
- Exportation of images to JPEG, TIFF, or other formats is easy.
- Patient’s files can be sorted, classified and retrieved using the intuitive interface.
I am not aware of any radiographic viewer that matches OsiriX’s versatility and can recommend the use of this application to every orthopaedic surgeon or physician.