Orthanc Explorer is not user-friendly enough for my use

Orthanc is designed as a lightweight service for medical imaging, where the word service must be understood in the sense of service-oriented architectures. As a consequence, Orthanc is conceived as a robust back-end server (command-line) that aims to provide the most simple and generic support of DICOM. To state it differently, the primary focus of the Orthanc project is not on the user interface.

However, Orthanc comes out-of-the-box with Orthanc Explorer, its default Web user interface. Orthanc Explorer is designed for development, low-level purpose. It is also used by the development team to test the features of Orthanc as they get introduced in the REST API. Orthanc Explorer is mainly targeted towards an English-speaking technical audience (notably system/network engineers, PACS managers, medical physicists, and researchers).

Non-technical audience (physicists, patients, administrative staff...) might expect an user interface that is more user-friendly than Orthanc Explorer, and/or that integrates more features (such as language translations, sorting resources, access control lists, tagging images, beautiful layout, tunable anonymization, modification of instances, paging if many patients, handling of timeouts, login/logout, Web diffusion to patients/physicians, calendar to chose dates...). If you need such a more advanced user experience so that Orthanc better fits your clinical workflow, you will have to develop a separate, custom Web interface on the top of the REST API of Orthanc, maybe as a plugin. Any front-end Web developer could take care of this task using well-known JavaScript frameworks (such as Angular, Vue.js...).

It is possible that an official plugin that provides a more advanced user interface will be developed in the future (provided we find funding for this development). In the meantime, you can also contact Osimis, the commercial partner of the Orthanc project, by using the contact form that is available on the official Web page of Orthanc.

Finally, have a look to the following related projects:

  • In 2017-2018, a team of Master students from ULiège has done some work about creating a revamped version of Orthanc Explorer. Check out the related discussion on the Orthanc Users forum.
  • Orthanc Tools, a desktop Java interface around the REST API of Orthanc by Salim Kanoun. Orthanc Tools was notably showcased during OrthancCon 2019.
  • OrthancToolsJS is the successor of the now-deprecated Orthanc Tools. This Web interface was also created by Salim Kanoun. For more information, including link to a demo server, check out the announcement on the discussion group.
  • The Orthanc Manager Android application. Check out the announcement on the discussion group.
  • Elessar Theme for Orthanc by Ludwig Moreno. This PHP project notably provide a green and dark grey theme, and translation in 14 languages. Check out the full announcement on the discussion group.
  • Menba is a Web interface built on the top of the REST API of Orthanc. It is written using Django and Bootstrap, and takes advantage of Celery and AMQP to handle the asynchronous tasks.
  • Last but not least, as written above, please consider buying the professional development services by Osimis. Osimis can help medical and hospital audience with the deployment of a certified, integrated clinical environment around Orthanc. In turn, the money you pay will contribute to make the Orthanc project sustainable in the long term.