OsiriX is a powerful medical software available on Macintosh platform and is perhaps the best that I have used. OsiriX is user-friendly, heavily customizable and has several features that makes it one of the best DICOM viewers.
I mainly use OsiriX for teaching and harvesting cases for personal, departmental and regional digital radiology museum. I also use the inbuilt web-server function of OsiriX to host cases on our local departmental network to facilitate ‘Learning From Discrepancy Meeting’.
OsiriX allows DICOM files to be imported from a PACS, comprehensively anonymized, and viewed with all the functions of a standard PACS workstation, including multi-planar reformatting, maximum and minimum intensity projections and 3D volume rendering. This allows cases to be presented in a style more familiar to today’s trainees, developing their skills of systematic evaluation, interpretation and knowledge of pathology.
The inbuilt database and search functions allow highly effective cataloguing and retrieval of cases. Several user-definable database fields allow the input of keywords such as diagnosis, body part, and disease type, and subsequent search of the teaching image library using these. OsiriX when used on a dual-screen mode, teaching becomes a highly interactive and an enjoyable experience.
I am leading the OsiriX-UKuserGroup, a group of Radiologists in UK with a vision to achieve a collective common platform for Radiology Education across the country.
As an OsiriX ambassador, I would strongly recommend OsiriX as simply the best available DICOM viewer for Clinical Practice, Teaching and Research.