Not everyone has a Mac. If you are looking for a full featured, free, open source DICOM viewer you will find that you have slim pickings (if any) as far as the options that are available to you. There are many reasons as to why developers choose to build such platforms accessible on iOS devices and not their competitors. So, if you are looking to use Horos on a PC, here is the long and short of it...
Mac vs Windows
Apple recently revealed that there are close to 100 million global active Mac users. Microsoft, however, is leading in the market with close to 1 billion Windows users. The truth of the matter is that Apple’s market share has always been with mobile devices, not desktop or laptop computers. So, if there are clearly way more PC users, why do so many developers choose Apple?
The thing is that even for developers, it is difficult to maintain a PC. Mac’s are quality built machines. Besides, unlike with a PC, Macs have supreme cross-platform capabilities. On your Mac, you can easily install Windows or Linux. However, in order to get a Mac OS on a PC, you’d probably have to use a hacked version...and that might not end well. Overall, there is a great deal of ease when it comes to programming and coding with Apple products. So, don’t be shocked when you learn that your local solutions are limited to a specific platform.
You Can View Your Images on a PC
Okay, so we admit Horos is currently only available on a Mac. However, if you find that you or someone you know needs an economical DICOM viewing solution that won’t break the bank, your best bet is the Cloud. And no, you don’t have to stop using Horos. That’s because Horos will integrate with the Cloud; and the most eloquent feature about the Cloud is that it is available on any brand, any platform. Anytime, anywhere.
Many radiologists, imaging centers, and practices cannot afford for every single workstation to be an Apple powered site. While the machines have a great reputation, you have to look at what’s best for your checkbook - and we get that. So, if you are happy with your Mac only solution, that’s great. However, if you are looking for a way to save some money and not impact the quality of your reads, look no further than the Cloud.
There are many solutions out there that cater to every single platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, etc. Ours is Purview ViVA, and we will tell you exactly how it and similar competing solutions work.
When you have a Cloud based solution, you are leveraging your browser - not your physical device, or the operating system it supports. So, while your favorite open source DICOM image viewer works on a Mac because that is the specific operating system that supports the code, the Cloud is different. Think about your favorite website. It can be news, sports, entertainment, or even your email provider. You can access that site and affiliated accounts from any device, right? You are not restricted to only using the desktop computer in your office. You can log into your email from any country, on any brand device so long as you have an Internet connection. Well, a Cloud based solution for viewing medical images works the same way. Your data is basically being streamed through a secure channel hosted by your Cloud vendor.
Horos was built to operate on a Mac. However, that doesn’t mean that you are restricted with a Mac platform when it comes to medical image management. Don’t be ball and chained to a specific brand device. Consider your options and what is best for your business from a practical and financial point of view. The Cloud supports millions of people and businesses around the world because it is a reliable and affordable solution. Medical images can be viewed on Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms. So, think about what’s important to you, and look into the Cloud to get anywhere, anytime access...on any device.