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‎OsiriX HD is a full DICOM image viewer for iOS (DICOM Files & DICOM Network protocol support). Awards - Aunt Minnie's 2013 - 'Best Radiology Mobile App” - Mobie Awards 2009: Winner - Best Medical App - RSNA 2008: Excellence in Design - RSNA 2008: Certificate of Merit 'OsiriX HD' is a DIC. With high performance and an intuitive interactive user interface, OsiriX Lite is the most widely used DICOM viewer in the world. It is the result of more than 10 years of research and development in digital imaging.

There are two ways to import DICOM images in OsiriX:

  1. via a network:
  2. from local media:

You can then view and edit the DICOM headers.

Importing DICOM Images into OsiriX via a Network[edit]

Images can either be pushed from the PACS using a DICOM 'store' function, or they can be 'pulled' by the DICOM query-retrieve function of OsiriX.

Using OsiriX as a Passive DICOM Listener[edit]

If you are working in a PACS environment, the easiest way to import DICOM images into OsiriX is to configure OsiriX as a “DICOM Listener”. In this configuration, DICOM images are sent from a PACS workstation to a Mac computer running OsiriX, which passively receives the images.

OsiriX and the PACS workstation must be first configured: Assign an AETitle and a Port number to OsiriX in the “Preferences” window. Then, contact your “friendly” PACS manager to configure the PACS. Don't forget to leave OsiriX running -- the DICOM Listener works only if OsiriX is active!

“Preferences” window to configure the “DICOM Listener”

Configuration for multiple users:

If your OsiriX workstation is configured for multiple OsiriX users who log in via the fast user switch, then each user must have a separate AE title and port number.

Using OsiriX as a Query-Retrieve PACS Workstation[edit]

As of version 1.7.1 OsiriX cannot be queried by another workstation.

OsiriX can query other DICOM devices such as workstations, CTs, MRIs, etc. Queries can be performed even if the other device is not configured to send to OsiriX. To query, first go to the preferences and under Locations add the AE Title, port, and hostname ( IP address) of the remote location. Go to the query window. Select the location and verify the connection if you want to. Type the name or part of a name in the search field and hit the return key. The query field has a pull down menu with more options.However, if you want to retrieve studies, the remote devices needs to be set up to send to OsiriX. The AE Title, port, and hostname (IP address) of OsiriX need to entered into the remote device of PACS.

Importing DICOM Images into OsiriX from Local Media[edit]

If you have DICOM files on your hard drive, or have a DICOM CD-Rom, you simply need to click on the “Import” button of the “Local database” window. You then select either files or folders containing files. Multiple files and/or folders can be selected by clicking while holding the ‘shift’ key. You can also “drag-and-drop” files directly from the desktop into the “Local Database” window.

Special Notes for Importing Images from early versions of Vitrea Workstation software[edit]

Earlier versions of Vital Images Vitrea workstation software (prior to version 3.8) did not follow the DICOM standard in that they did not write a DICOMDIR when exporting to a CD or DVD. All versions of Vitrea 3.8 or higher (current version as of 2008 is 4.1)do support the DICOM standard and do include a DICOMDIR upon export to CD/DVD. For earlier versions of Vitrea follow this process to successfully import images:

  1. the preferences in Osirix must be changed from:
  2. 'Load only files described in the DICOMDIR file' to 'Load all 'DICOM' files available on the CD/DVD ( this doesn't rely on the DICOMDIR file) as in the screen shot below:
  3. Also, you must have the latest software upgrade from VITREA. In the past, they have used a GEARWORKD CD Driver that the Macintosh could not read.

CD/DVD Preferences for importing images from a Vitrea CD or DVD

Opening Other Mac-Unfriendly CD's with OsiriX[edit]

Some CDs apparently have a strange corruption that prevents Macs from viewing the files, so there is no direct way to access the images from OsiriX. However, the OsiriX Discussion Group has come up with several workarounds for reading poorly formatted image CD's:

  • Virtual PC

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  1. Run Virtual PC.
  2. You should now be able to access the CD as if you were on a PC.
  3. From within Virtual PC you can now copy the data to a Mac folder.
  4. Osirix should now be able to read the image data.
  • Flash drives (or your new iPod Shuffle)
  1. Place the 'bad' CD in any old PC that has a USB port.
  2. Plug the flash drive into the PC.
  3. Copy the CD data onto a folder on the flash drive.
  4. Take the flash drive and plug it into the Mac.
  5. OsiriX should now be able to read the image data.
  • Ejecting an unrecognizable CD
  1. If the CD does not show up in the Finder or on the Desktop:
  2. Press F-12 for 5 seconds to eject the CD.
  3. If that doesn't work, restart the Mac and hold down the left mouse button during start-up.
  • Burning a more Mac-friendly CD on a PC
  1. When burning the CD, try the 'most compatible' option if available.
  2. Try not using Drive Letter Access (DLA) or drag-and-drop for burning from a PC.
  3. Try burning the CD in a single session.
  4. Try finalizing the CD.
  5. Use a CD-R, not a CD-RW disc.

There also seems to be an issue when using a VPN connection to retrieve images.

Viewing and Saving the DICOM Header of DICOM Images[edit]

In the main OsiriX window, select the patient/study you want, then open the images by clicking on '2D-3D viewer', once the study has opened, you have the ability to modify the tool bar of the viewer window in OsiriX.One of the tools you can add is the Meta-Data button.

To add this button to your viewer:Under the OsiriX Format Menu, select Customize Toolbar..There will be a whole new set of icons;drag the Meta-Data button (in the top right corner) into your toolbar where you want it.

Select Done on the toolbar customization window.

There you go!You can save the Metadata as a text file or XML.


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Initial release2004; 17 years ago
Stable release
Operating systemmacOS (Commercial software), iOS (commercial software)
Typemedical imaging software (DICOM)
LicenseGNU LGPL, Proprietary (since 2010)

Osirix Viewer

OsiriX is an image processing application for Mac dedicated to DICOM images ('.dcm' / '.DCM' extension) produced by equipment (MRI, CT, PET, PET-CT, ..). OsiriX is complementary to existing viewers, in particular to nuclear medicine viewers. It can also read many other file formats: TIFF (8,16, 32 bits), JPEG, PDF, AVI, MPEG and QuickTime. It is fully compliant with the DICOM standard for image communication and image file formats. OsiriX is able to receive images transferred by DICOM communication protocol from any PACS or medical imaging modality (STORE SCP - Service Class Provider, STORE SCU - Service Class User, and Query/Retrieve).

Since 2010, a commercial version of OsiriX, named 'OsiriX MD', is available.[1] Its original source code is still available on Github.[2] A demo version, 'OsiriX Lite', still remains available free of charge with some limitations.[3]


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The OsiriX project started in 2004 at UCLA with Dr Antoine Rosset and Prof. Osman Ratib.[4][5] OsiriX has been developed by Rosset, working in LaTour Hospital (Geneva, Switzerland) and Joris Heuberger, a computer scientist from Geneva.

Matlab example programrubackup function. In 2010, a version of OsiriX for iPhone and iPod touch was released.


OsiriX has been specifically designed for navigation and visualization of multimodality and multidimensional images: 2D Viewer, 3D Viewer, 4D Viewer (3D series with temporal dimension, for example: Cardiac-CT) and 5D Viewer (3D series with temporal and functional dimensions, for example: Cardiac-PET-CT). The 3D Viewer offers all modern rendering modes: Multiplanar reconstruction (MPR), Surface Rendering, Volume Rendering and Maximum intensity projection (MIP). All these modes support 4D data and are able to produce image fusion between two different series (for example: PET-CT).

OsiriX is simultaneously a DICOM PACS workstation for imaging and an image processing software package for research (radiology and nuclear imaging), functional imaging, 3D imaging, confocal microscopy and molecular imaging.

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OsiriX supports a complete plug-in architecture that allows one to expand the capabilities of OsiriX for personal needs. OsiriX is released under a proprietary license and runs under macOS.

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OsiriX source code makes heavy use of Apple idioms such as Cocoa. The source is almost entirely in Objective-C.

Pixmeo company[edit]

In 2010, the OsiriX Team created the company Pixmeo[6] to promote and distribute a special limited version of OsiriX called OsiriX MD. Unlike the regular version, this version is certified for medical imaging. OsiriX MD is a FDA cleared 510k class II medical device, according to US Food And Drug Regulation CFR21 part 820. OsiriX MD complies with European Directive 93/42/EEC concerning medical devices. Under this directive, it is regarded as a class IIa.


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  1. ^'OsiriX MD'. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  2. ^'OsiriX on Github'. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  3. ^'OsiriX Lite limitations'. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  4. ^Journal of Digital Imaging: OsiriX: An Open-Source Software for Navigating in Multidimensional DICOM Images
  5. ^http://www.osirix-viewer.com/UserManualIntroduction.pdf
  6. ^'OsiriX Story'. www.osirix-viewer.com. Retrieved January 21, 2018.

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External links[edit]

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