September Updates

It’s October, I know, but I’m catching up.

There’s a new version of Synedra View Personal out.  This is a solid Windows-based free program from Synedra, an Austrian company specializing in the German language market.   This is a great program.  It’s a solid, multithreaded, multiscreen, 64-bit application from a professional developer.  There are extensive customizations, which can be saved as named profiles.  There are extensive tools including advanced features for measurement and for working with multiple data volumes at once.  The program includes a PACS client built in.  First-time users might find it a bit complex, but there is a limit to how simple a program with these capabilities can be.   Synedra View Personal is an excellent example of how a commercial company can gain visibility for their PACS systems by supplying top-quality free software.  Highly recommended.
ImageVis3D is another impressive program of a different stripe, from the Center of Integrative Biomedical Computing at the University of Utah.  It’s a multiplatform volume visualization program that can be used to explore and visualize medical image datasets, amongst others.  So it’s not a specifically medical imaging program which gives it interesting attributes.  A good example of which is the 2D transfer function used to assign colors and opacity to represent scalar data volumes.  2D transfer functions are an alternate method of describing a transfer function from the familiar 1D transfer function frequently used in medical imaging, where a gradient over a histogram of density vs frequency count is used to control the volume representation.  This program’s native format is Unified Volume Format which efficiently stores 3D volumes.  The program can import DICOM data sets and save them as UVF.
RadiAnt is a nice little DICOM viewer program, new to this site, that comes from two enthusiastic developers in Poland.   It’s a small, simple, quick DICOM viewer, great for quickly and easily viewing images.  It has plenty of capacity to read large image series, though: it can load multiple series at once, which may be switched between, and is compiled in 64-bit mode so can load very large data sets.  It’s frequently updated and has a well-executed web site.  It’s a good tool for the job it does.