About Orthanc and Osimis
Osimis’ mission is to make image management and sharing in healthcare and other sectors simple, powerful and cost efficient through the use of the open source software ‘Orthanc’.
Orthanc is an open-source, standalone, lightweight DICOM server for medical imaging designed to improve the DICOM flows in hospitals and to support research about the automated analysis of medical images.
Next to its product Orthanc, Osimis provides three services in order to achieve its mission: production support, custom developments and training. These services assist medical specialists and industrials the world over with implementation, management and support for their Orthanc deployments.
Use Case: XRIS
The Belgian X-Ray imaging Solutions company develops and delivers solutions in Digital Radiology; both in Non-Destructive testing and Security. They design and manufacture x-ray generators, detectors and inspection cabinets.
XRIS also developed their own software ‘Maestro’ to control the devices they integrate. This software saves the images in TIFF format, while the meta-data gets stored next to the image. Other NDT software vendors store data in a preferred format: JPG, PNG,… meaning that it will not be possible to extract this data from another software. This is how a lot of relevant information about the image gets lost.
In order to solve the above issue, XRIS wanted to adopt the DICONDE standard for storing the image data. This standard encompasses all Non-Destructive testing imaging methods and technologies and harmonizes these with the DICOM standard as unique imaging modalities. Maestro had to be able to save and read images in this format.
It is at this stage that Osimis was consulted, as Osimis’ motto is to push standards to avoid the use of proprietary systems.
Osimis created an Orthanc plugin which creates a DICONDE image from RAW or PNG compressed pixels data and some metadata. The created DICONDE file gets saved on the local device.
In order to have multiple Maestro software save DICONDE images in a unique centralized database, Osimis provided an independent server as well. The Orthanc plugin has then been extended to enable powerful queries into this database, so that all images of a certain device acquired during a certain period, or containing certain keywords in all annotations, can be found easily.
Thanks to the use of this standard, XRIS will be able to store, share and search image data without the loss of relevant information.
Alain is our Chief Technology Officer. Ever since graduation his focus has been on delivering top notch software for innovative companies in the image software business. He’ll run any type of software on any device, ranging from a tiny Raspberry Pi up to supercharged cloud clusters. At Osimis, that’s where all of that combined puts him in the sweet spot of making sure the dev team’s skills are ever increasing and state of the art.