We are very happy to announce the first stable release of our Orthanc version 1.0.0.!
By "stable", we mean that the feature set of this version of Orthanc is considered as complete. No new feature should be added. If important bugfixes are necessary, they will lead to subsequent releases 1.0.x. Future development will take place in branches with versions above 1.1.0.
Orthanc is a free, open-source, lightweight, RESTful, standalone DICOM server enabling secure and easy exchange of information between departments, physicians and hospitals. The fully self-contained mini PACS system can be downloaded and run immediately. Its target audience primarily consists of the network administrators of a hospital, and of the researchers in the field of biomedical imaging. Orthanc has a REST API, a means of connecting with the image server by using standard web protocols and tools. This allows Orthanc to be accessed through Web connections from anywhere, and without regard to the platform or language used in the originating program.
Orthanc also features a Software development kit (SDK), enabling the development of plugins that extends the core system. For instance, as official plugins, Orthanc can be extended with a Web viewer of medical images, with support of the DICOMweb standard and with PostgreSQL as the database back-end instead of SQLite. Some third-party plugins are available as well.
Mainly thanks to the rich plugin infrastructure inside Orthanc, future evolutions will span more specialized applications (e.g. the support of DICOM-RT for radiotherapy and nuclear medicine or the support of DICOM for digital pathology), more advanced user interfaces and smoother interfacing with external computing environments (e.g. a revamped native C++ SDK, a virtual FUSE filesystem, an embedded FTP server, or extensions to well-known tools such as OsiriX or Slicer).
The author of Orthanc, Sébastien Jodogne, was given the Award for the Advancement of Free Software by the Free Software Foundation. The University Hospital of Liège also won the Best e-Health Project Award from Agoria, the Belgian federation of the technology industry. In September 2015, Osimis, a company selling services on the top of Orthanc according to an open-source business model, was founded.
Take the time to download and explore Orthanc’s capabilities right now! www.orthanc-server.com
Sébastien holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Liège (Belgium). His interests include health informatics, computer vision, machine learning, and software engineering.
His research work in theoretical computer science was notably acknowledged by the IBM Belgium Award in 2002. Between 2011 and 2016, he worked as medical imaging engineer at the University Hospital of Liège, where he laid the basis of the free and open-source Orthanc ecosystem for medical imaging. For his work on Orthanc, Sébastien received the 2014 Award for the Advancement of Free Software from the Free Software Foundation (FSF), as well as the Best e-Health Project Award from the Agoria Federation (2015).
Sébastien was promoted as "Chevalier du Mérite Wallon" in 2015, and as one of the Digital Wallonia Champions. He now acts as the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of Osimis, where he is in charge of the R&D of the Orthanc ecosystem.