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1 Free ecosystem for medical imaging 1

2 2 Worldwide explosion of medical images Belgium (2013): 33 millions of imaging studies for 11 millions of people CT + MRI + PET-CT Reason: Multimodal and longitudinal imaging (oncology, cardiovascular diseases, surgery, neurology...)

3 3 The hype: AI for medical imaging

4 4 The reality: It s still Jurassic Park!

5 5 Sharing images (basic need) is painful inside hospitals hospitals to patients between hospitals among skilled workers

6 6 Some terminology: Imaging flows for radiology Everything is driven by software through the DICOM standard!

7 7 The real-world difficulties

8 8 Pain 1: Interoperability and lock-in Good news: A single worldwide standard in open-access! The DICOM standard is very complex, both for users and developers. Many specialized vendors, with costly, proprietary and monolithic ecosystems high risk of high risk of lock-in, few agility. Interoperability is checked in Connectathons where vendors meet (N² complexity) high risk of no reference implementation. Not every PACS comes with teleradiology (remote expertise) high risk of need to combine vendors. Few IT expertise in hospitals about imaging high risk of need to share knowledge. Heterogeneous modalities very problematic in emerging economies!

9 9 Pain 2: The PACS is focused on radiology Hard to retrieve and access the raw DICOM files. The PACS must be interfaced with specialized software (nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, dentistry, neurosurgery ). Multitude of files, as images are split slice-by-slice (one typical 3D image = 1000 DICOM files, 500MB) high risk of need for standalone server to ensure continuity of care (cancers, move, rare diseases...). Patients and skilled workers haven t access to professional tools at home, besides basic viewers. Especially problematic for patient empowerment and training!

10 10 Pain 3: Automation of imaging workflow University Hospital of Liège: 300 modalities Every hospital redevelops its own scripts huge cost inefficiency!


12 12 Get back in control of imaging workflows Need for automation Interfacing specialized software Academic: Research, teaching, QA PACS without a RIS and reporting (VNA) Focused on simplicity and portability Built-in support of Web technologies Industrial grade Libre software (GPL/AGPL) Lightweight Rest API Virtual & cross-platform Extensible

13 13 Orthanc in the hospital: Ancillary PACS

14 14 Web interface in action Transparent indexing: Patient Study Series Instance. Preview 2D images. Send to other modalities in one click. Inspect medical data, ZIP, anonymize...

15 15 Orthanc as a microservice for medical imaging External applications REST API DICOM Modalities Lua scripts Plugin SDK Database engines (default: SQLite) Embedded Web applications (servlets)

16 16 Free and open-source plugins for Orthanc Whole-slide imaging Basic teleradiology Advanced teleradiology DICOMweb

17 17 Some external applications using the REST API Diabetes screening (fundus) Pharmaceutical studies (anonymization) Quality control (ImageJ) Teaching and research (download from PACS)

18 18 Stone of Orthanc Innovative C++ library to render medical images Fully CPU-based for maximum portability Compatible with WebAssembly Support advanced data: PET-CT fusion, MPR, doses, contours Goal = quick development: build a new viewer in some days Will be at the core of our next generation of viewers

19 19 Reference paper in open-access


21 21 Positive feedback from the community 2014 Award for the Advancement of Free Software 2015 Best e-health project (from the Belgian industry) One of the two main free PACS around the world (with dcm4che) > 200,000 downloads > 550 members on the forum > 1,200 threads on the forum > 170,000 lines of C++ code (35 men-years effort) Availability on popular NAS (QNAP and Synology) Docker-friendly + Linux Standard Base (LSB) binaries Official packages for Debian and Fedora (no opensuse yet ;-) )

22 22 First spin-off of University Hospital of Liège (2015)

23 23 Business model Support (independent centers) 2 FTE on Orthanc (virtuous circle) Custom developments (R&D for industry) Packaged versions of Orthanc (for e.g. EU/USA hospitals)

24 24 Services (1/3): Automating exchanges between hospitals Oncology, continuity of care, rationalization of studies, ionizing radiations, clinical research Interface for reconciliation

25 25 Services (2/3): ORU-PACA = Telestrokes in France (55 emergency departments)

26 26 Services (3/3): ERN = Tele-expertise for rare diseases

27 27 References (80 clients in 12 countries) (17 installations in 4 countries)

28 28

29 Conclusions

30 30 Summary Backbone software for medical imaging (VNA). Open-source, lightweight, scriptable, extensible. Originates from real-world, clinical needs. Large, worldwide community of users. Commercial partner of the Orthanc project. First spin-off company of the University Hospital of Liège. Open-source business model selling services to the industry. Sells packaged versions of Orthanc to hospitals.

31 31 Interfacing with GNU Health Access to Orthanc Web viewer from the patient record Populate DICOM modality worklist (schedule studies) Drive transfers to/from other centers

32 32 Perspectives for emerging economies (portable X-rays) + (1) Low-cost PACS in remote locations (+ open AI algorithms for auto-diagnostics) = (2) Collect images, analyze in hospitals (cf. WWI) 3G, satellite (4) Transmit images on bad connectivity (3) Remote expertise with Web viewers Transfers accelerator plugin (cf. BitTorrent)