Medical images for a wide range of diseases, including COVID-19, can now be more easily viewed, compared, and analyzed using a Web-based imaging platform developed by Massachusetts General Hospital and collaborating researchers.
The Open Health Imaging Foundation (OHIF) Web viewer was originally developed with grant support from the National Cancer Institute’s Informatics Technology for Cancer Research program for use in cancer-imaging research and clinical trials, where it has already been adopted by several leaders in the field. However, the OHIF viewer and its underlying Cornerstone libraries and tools can be employed for any disease and are increasingly being used for COVID-19 projects.
The already popular free program is interoperable, commercial grade, user-friendly and requires less technical support than a typical commercial product. The software is “zero footprint,” meaning it can be run in a Web browser from any computer without downloading any software. It can be launched from a Web server on a local computer or in the cloud. It is also accessible to users from multiple locations.
In addition, researchers can freely download, modify, and contribute to the source code for the program (http://www.ohif.org; http://www.cornerstonejs.org). Overall, the platform has been downloaded more than 8,500 times and has been translated into several languages.