Thursday, 18 December 2008

ClearCanvas 1.3 First Impressions

I have not been a fan of the ClearCanvas Dicom Server in the past, but I think I may be shifting in the near future. The ClearCanvas team has been hard at work making some key changes to the Image Server as well as the ClearCanvas Workstation.

What I like about the ClearCanvas Image Server 1.3:
  • Streaming to ClearCanvas Workstation. (i.e. You don't have to download the series to your local machine in it's entirety.)
  • Nice clean interface
  • Easy to configure
  • Nice rules engine
What I don't like about ClearCanvas Image Server 1.3:
  • Runs on Microsoft SQL Server (I find it difficult to use compared to MySQL, I also battled to get MSSQL 2008 Express Edition running on my machine)
  • It consumes a lot of resources.
  • No log view in the web interface.
  • Web interface does not display correctly in Google Chrome.
What I like about ClearCanvas Workstation 1.3:
  • Image Streaming when used with ClearCanvas Image Server.
  • Still way better than any other free Windows Dicom Workstation.
What I don't like about ClearCanvas Workstation 1.3:
  • It is still a little heavy on resources.
  • Some interface tweaks need to be done.
Things I would like to see in ClearCanvas in the future:
  • Server side user account management. (Active directory integration as well. i.e. LDAP Authentication)
  • User profiles stored on the server that allow for user preferences to "follow" a user.
  • More logging capabilities as well as things like email allerts.
Once again I have to take my hat off to the boys and girls at ClearCanvas for pushing thier system further ahead of the pack. I am very impressed with relatively "young" system which seems to progress so rappidly. I look forward to exploring this release more.
I am even thinking of migrating my current 10TB Conquest server to ClearCanvas. I am just worried becuase the system has not yet been tested on Windows 2008 Server x64 so I may have to take the plunge and check for bugs!

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