How I use the Horos/OsiriX uploader

Over the years I have uploaded over 100 cases. Although you can upload directly in the browser, I have found that the easiest way to create a new case, particularly one that need cropping or redacting of parts of the images, is to use the Horos/OsiriX uploader. (Note that you need a Mac to run either of these).

The uploader is a plugin that works with Horos and OsiriX and enables direct transfer of images into new or existing cases on Radiopaedia. The first video below is by Dr Andrew Dixon and takes you through how to install the plugin and get started with uploading images. Andrew describes how to upload several series or studies into one case, how to use the "day numbering" feature for multi-study cases and how the plugin automatically populates the series name, age and gender fields in cases. You can also read more about the plugin and a summary of its functions in this blog post.

One of the many benefits of using the uploader is that it automatically strips all of the DICOM data and anonymises the data set. However, demographic and other data embedded on the images themselves, a common occurrence on ultrasound and nuclear medicine images, will not be removed in this process. The type of information commonly "burnt" into the images is the patient name, date of birth, hospital ID number, hospital name, and machine make and model. Remember that it is against the terms and conditions of Radiopaedia to upload any image that enables an individual to be identified. 

In the video below, I take you through how to redact unwanted data from images in Horos, before uploading them to Radiopaedia. The process is identical for OsiriX. I also describe the "shutter" tool, and how to ensure that the images are appropriately sized and windowed before upload. Finally, I describe how you can reduce the number of slices in CT stacks to make the upload and case viewing experience smoother.

If you have a Mac but don't have Horos and are feeling overwhelmed, don't be. It only takes a few minutes to get everything set up and you will be uploading cases very quickly. 

Vikas Shah, Editor


Next steps

1. Download Horos or OsiriX

We recommend Horos as uploaded images do not have a big "not for clinical use" red warning. 

Download Horos  or Download OsiriX

2. Download and set up the plugin

Setup the plugin

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Publication date: 26th Jun 2018 11:11 UTC

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