Horos, a free open-source DICOM medical imaging viewer for Apple computers, has been adopted globally by tens of thousands of diverse users, from clinicians and academic researchers to lawyers and patients who want to view their medical images.
As such, after downloading Horos the next steps you should take depend on the reasons you downloaded the software in the first place.
So what are the most common use cases for Horos, and what should you do in each instance?
We're excited to announce that Horos Cloud Reporting was named one of two finalists for "Best New Radiology Software" in the Minnies 2018 awards!
A standard radiology report is a useful way to capture and succinctly communicate the results of most imaging scans, including X-rays, CT scans and MRIs. Whether in human health or veterinarian care, this summary of the identified condition and diagnosis is a critical communication tool between the radiologist and the treating physician or patient. While radiology reports are traditionally comprised of text, reports with key images improve communication by providing a new layer of depth and understanding for physicians and their patients.
Medical imaging is an important tool for the equine veterinarian. Whether it’s the x-ray of a sore foot or an ultrasound of a heart, imaging can be used in many aspects of equine evaluation and care. But equine vets have a challenge that is somewhat unique to them – they often have to mobilize their equipment to meet or treat the patient.
Reason #1: Their Images Are Huge
The use of digital medical imaging has become a pre-requisite for cases constructed by personal injury, workers' compensation, and criminal attorneys. This digital evidence is subject to the same discovery standards as hard copy documents and photographs. As such, the attorney has to be prepared to share these digital images with opposing counsel as they prepare for trial. But since medical images are just compilations of electronic bits, subject to strict privacy law and only as good as the medical image viewer on which they are analyzed, medical images create a special transport and sharing challenge.
Ever since the case of Smith v. Grant, presenting medical images in court has been an accepted tool in the arsenal of litigation attorneys. But understanding exactly how to use medical images, ensuring that you have them when you need them, and optimizing their presentation can be the difference between winning and losing at trial.
If you’ve ever thought of sharing medical images or any other Protected Health Information (PHI) using Dropbox, you are not alone. Dropbox is one of the most popular file sharing services and is on millions of desktop computers around the world. But just because you use it for many of your other tasks, does not mean you should use Dropbox for DICOM medical image storage. Here’s why...
One of the main reasons veterinarians love Horos is because it allows them a level of mobility they do not have with other platforms. By downloading the medical image viewer onto a Mac laptop, veterinarians can view their images from anywhere they have their computer. They do not have to rely on an image viewer that is linked to a stationary modality or a software that only runs on workstations within their practice, they can take Horos with them wherever they travel. This is especially true for large animal and equine veterinarians.