Efficacy and reliability of highly functional open source DICOM software (OsiriX) in spine surgery

J Clin Neurosci. 2010 Jun;17(6):756-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2009.09.037. Epub 2010 Mar 31.


We evaluated the feasibility and reliability of open source Digital Imaging and COmmunication in Medicine (DICOM) imaging software, OsiriX (Antoine Rosset, 2003-2009), in spine surgery. CT data were used and processed with OsiriX and with commercial software for comparison. Images were reconstructed and compared in volume rendering (VR) and multi-planar reconstruction (MPR) mode. When all images were compared, the three-dimensional (3D) reconstructed images from both software packages showed considerable consistency in VR mode. Measurements in MPR mode also showed similar values with no statistically significant difference. These results demonstrate that OsiriX has approximately equivalent values to commercial software and provides reliable preoperative 3D information for the surgical field. In addition, any clinician, can obtain information using OsiriX at any time. Thus, OsiriX is a helpful tool in preoperative planning for spine surgery.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Computer Graphics
  • Humans
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional / methods
  • Medical Informatics*
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Software*
  • Spine / surgery*
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed