I’ve used OsiriX since I was a Radiology Resident in 2005. I bought a MacBook Pro to be able to experiment with this exciting new program called OsiriX. Soon after installing it, I discovered the world of multiplanar reformatting. My department didn’t have any advanced visualization tools at the time so having access to OsiriX was an important part of my journey into becoming an expert in 3D visualization.
With OsiriX, I’m able to maintain a dedicated workstation in my office for the primary purpose of collecting and maintaining my teaching file. It is awesome to be able to pull cases from PACS, import from a CD, or import a downloaded zip file. I can then add the diagnosis in the comments column and add modifiers in the comments 2 and 3 columns to further sort the cases i.e. “aorta” or “iatrogenic”. This makes it easy to sort and find cases, as well as create teaching file presentations. Whether by drag-and-drop directly into keynote or exporting cine cardiac functional videos or creating the perfect oblique plane to display the salient abnormality, OsiriX is the key to an effortless, efficient teaching file.
It also triples as a research workstation. The ability to perform quantitative measurements from simple ROIs to more complex segmented volumes is wonderful. Not to mention the speed. Usually the rate-limiting step in any imaging research project is the loading of the cases. This is not a problem in OsiriX.