Weasis is a web-based viewer and part of the outstanding DCM4CHE environment. Weasis is a web-launched viewer in Java that can also be downloaded and run as a stand-alone application. When run from a web browser, it utilises JNLP, or Java Web Start, to download and start the application. From that point, it runs independently of the browser. This makes it ideal for web-based image viewing, since the viewing application is downloaded along with the data. Weasis has a wide range of viewing tools available and runs at native speed. A great addition to the ever-increasing line of software from dcm4che.org, developers of professional-grade open source applications and utilities for the healthcare enterprise.
Dicoogle is an innovative PACS system that offers to provide an integrated view of multiple PACS systems. From the Universidade de Aveiro in Portugal, and in use in several hospitals, it employs a peer-to-peer architecture to implement PACS queries over distributed DICOM repositories. The project is open source and offers a full set of APIs and an SDK for developers to build upon the platform. Under development are services for web- and mobile-based clients.
Creatis is a major biomedical imaging research laboratory at Université Lyon 1. They produce a ton of great software, and Creatools has been added to our database. This is another major package, providing rapid prototyping of medical imaging applications. The downloaded package includes ready-to-run applications for end users, as well as the library and API necessary for developers to develop new applications quickly. Creatools makes it possible for non-programmers to create and run an image processing application from pre-supplied modules that can be connected flexibly. Creatis have many more tools listed on their software page, once we’ve built and tested them they will be added.
Camino is a heavy-duty toolkit for MRI diffusion imaging. A specialist group of tools for a specialized field, from the Microstructure Imaging Group at University College, London. Camino is a large project and backed by a host of academic publications. The project web site has a vast range of resources, including comprehensive documentation of the many tools provided, tutorials with test data, and resources for software developers (including SVN access to their source code repository).
Lipsia is another heavyweight scientific tool, for functional MRI. Developed at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, it is a large collection of command line tools to be pipelined for major processing tasks. Building the application requires quite a few scientific-related tools to be installed: some for the file formats used (Vista, Nifti), some for image analysis, some for processing (scientific libraries, Fourier transforms), some for visualisation (OpenGL). These can be installed using the usual Linux package managers. There’s some Fortran in there too – this is for serious work! Source code in C++ is available for download, as is comprehensive documentation. A major collection of tools for FMRI.