Our Vision

  • The Open Source Imaging Initiative (OSI²) represents a new approach to the development of medical imaging devices, aiming to make the health-care benefits of modern instruments accessible to many more people around the globe. The project will pool the knowledge and experience of many experts in open-source designs for Magnetic Resonance Imaging devices (MRI) which can be built and maintained for a fraction of the price of current instruments.



State-of-the-art clinical MRI devices are costly, to which expensive operation and technical support must be added. We believe it is possible to reduce these costs drastically making high end medical devices accessible to many more people around the globe.


An open collaborative approach will spark innovation allowing for customized MR developments meeting local needs. The devices will be simpler whenever possible, providing streamlined procedures for imaging that are ready to use and adopted to a clinical need.

Community value

By uniting the efforts of collaborators from around the world in an open-source approach, we will create a unique pool of knowledge that will help advance the field. Our efforts may provide a model for other communities interested in giving greater global access to medical technologies by decreasing costs of development and maintenance.


All medical devices must meet the same high quality standards, regardless of their price. We encourage design considerations during all phases of development that allow an easy transition of an open source prototype to meet local regulatory requirements as a medical device.

Knowledge Transfer

Open source development shares and grants access to knowledge which is mandatory to understand, study and repair complex MR devices. This freedom of information improves documentation and education to train makers and users in regions of resource scarcity.


Outsourcing development to the community reduces development costs and allows for fast time to market operation. We want to promote businesses around and the distribution of open source based medical devices.



Here you can find an overview of open source hard- and software projects, current progress, contact persons and links to the development and documentation websites. We just started, more projects will be uploaded very soon.

Submit a Project

Do you work on an open source project with potential application for MRI or other related medical research and technology? We will also highlight early stage projects (prior to a stable release and documentation) in order to improve collaboration at that early stage.

Community on Matrix

Start or join discussions around our open-source efforts.

OSI² in a nutshell