Horos vs. Purview Image - What's the difference?

Posted by Ana Reynoso on Apr 16, 2021 3:42:38 PM

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Horos is a rich medical image viewer, with advanced visualization settings that make it a formidable option for people looking to view medical images on their Mac computer. This free open source software has features found in many high-priced commercial image viewers, making it attractive for many applications involving desktop viewing and investigating even the most complex DICOM studies quickly and efficiently.

If you use Horos today, you will find yourself in great company. The Horos Project has over half a million registered Horos users in almost every country around the world. Since it is free it plays an important role in the worldwide radiology market, in developing countries, educational environments, and on physicians’ desktops everywhere.

However, there are certain factors that will indicate that you may need more than you can get from Horos such as if you:

  • Prefer working on an MS Windows workstation or on a browser
  • Need to regularly share images
  • Want a more structured reporting environment
  • Need an FDA approved viewer for primary diagnosis 
  • Want to consolidate several locations
  • Need a place to store a large volume of images

This is where Purview Image comes in...

The Real Difference

Purview Image was built for the professional imaging needs of radiologists, specialists, and veterinarians who need to do more than just view images. Its viewer is certified for diagnostic use in the US, the EU, and other jurisdictions. And, it works on any workstation or even a tablet or smartphone.

Beyond storing and sharing of images, Purview has robust reporting features built-in that allows for seamless collaboration with referring physicians and has the capability to share reports and records immediately with anyone (including patients).

Is Purview the Same as Horos?

Purview is also Horos’ chief sponsor and curator. Purview dedicates time and resources promoting and enhancing Horos, ensuring it remains free and functional and provides paid training materials and support to users who need it.

And, Purview Image and Horos can work seamlessly together in the same networked environment. What this means for Horos users, is they can continue to use their favorite Mac-based image viewer and get all the benefits of a Purview Image cloud-based installation.

Put Simply…

Purview Image is a fee-based product so it may not be right for everyone. However, it has the capability to bridge the gap between your Horos desktop and others who work on different types of computers or those who are not on the same local area network.

Similar to Horos, Purview Image is used globally. If you are looking for a partner to help you grow your practice, increase efficiency, save you time and money look no further! Purview's extensive enterprise benefits can enable you to serve more patients and delight your patients and referring physician partners.

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While Horos is a great starting point for anyone, it might be time to upgrade to Purview’s Premier solutions.

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