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|Operating system||macOS (Commercial software), iOS (commercial software)|
|Type||image processing but NOT for Medical USE|
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) .
The OsiriX project started in 2004 at UCLA with Dr Antoine Rosset and Prof. Osman Ratib. OsiriX has been developed by Rosset, working in LaTour Hospital (Geneva, Switzerland) and Joris Heuberger, a computer scientist from Geneva.
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.
Osirix source code makes heavy use of Apple idioms such as Cocoa. The source is almost entirely in Objective-C.
In 2008, the OsiriX Foundation was founded. OsiriX Foundation will promote research and development and distribution of software tools for scientiﬁc and medical applications. It will host and help to promote research projects in Open Source software development for medical applications.
In 2010, the OsiriX Team created the company Pixmeo to promote and distribute a special limited version of OsiriX: 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.