AMA-News: Medical Imaging on iPods using Open Source

‘AMNews interviewed Osman Ratib, MD, PhD, professor and vice chair of radiologic services at the University of California, Los Angeles, about the unconventional use of iPod, the hot-selling digital music player from Apple Computer, and the OsiriX software program that makes the medical application happen. The software, which Dr. Antoine Rosset, a radiologist in Switzerland, wrote while on a research fellowship working with Dr. Ratib, is open-source software. It can be downloaded and used for free. The source code is available to any software programmer who wants to use it to develop additional applications…’ Dr. Ratib has also put medical records on DVD players. According to Dr. Ratib, DVD players have just enough functionality to allow a simple, menu-driven record for patient use.

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