Five Free Radiology Hacks Every Practicing Radiologist Should Know

(Educational Exhibit, RSNA 2018)
V Mahajan, MBBS, New Delhi, India; V Venugopal, MD


Many free tools available which can enhance radiologists’ practice from a clinical, academic and management perspective.
Five main tools discussed:

RadiAnt Dicom Viewer – a <3MB tool that can open any dicom file, query from almost any PACS and has advanced visualisation tools like MIP, MPR, 3D-Recon and PET-CT/MR fusion. Orthanc Dicom Server – Takes <1 minute to install. Full fledged PACS server that can be used to view and share cases on a mobile phone or any web browser. ITK-SNAP – Building the next great deep learning algorithm? You’ll need to segment out the relevant anatomy first – learn to do that with ITK-SNAP and you won’t need to mark each slice separately. Notepad++ - Do you download each report manually for your research? Ask your IT team for an SQL dump and you can use Notepad++ to extract the cases you want. FuzzyLookup – A Microsoft Excel plugin that you can use to match wrongly written patient names, unique ID’s and just about anything. Link your reports and images easily when mining large unorganised datasets. TABLE OF CONTENTS/OUTLINE • Day-to-day problems faced by radiologists • Concept of open source software • How to use Radiant Dicom Viewer, Orthanc Dicom Server, ITK-SNAP, FuzzyLookup and Notepad++