With the year 2016 ending we would like to say thank you to all of you for your tremendous support! This was the year of birth of opensourceimaging.org and the start of the open source imaging initiative. It was a lot of fun watching our initiative grow and develop.

A short update on the latest events:

Our initiative was selected among the 10 best abstracts in the New Voices for Global Health program of the World Health Summit (WHS) 2016. We presented a poster at the summit in Berlin in October 2016. The event had more than 1,600 participants from more than 90 nations on site and about 3,000 people from 100 countries using the live-stream. In this context, we also gave a tour at the MDC-Berlin and presented our open source imaging efforts to the Young Physician Leaders. We received very positive feedback and continue on our mission to build an affordable open source MRI.

The petition to form an ISMRM study group on reproducible research was successful and the study group was approved in November 2016 with a possible start at the ISMRM 2017.

We thank again the shuttleworth foundation for awarding us with a flash grant of 5000 USD. We have spent the money for hardware (LDMOS BLF188XRU (2x), Radiofrequency amplifier W6PQL kit, Low noise preamplifier LNA4HF (2x)), software (Templatera plugin for the website, CISCO webex subscription), travel costs (meeting the OpenLabs and OpenSourceEcology team for brainstorming at the Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg, Germany), literature (book: Radiology in Global Health) and an animation movie for the website (to be finished around Feb 2017).

Thanks to an amazing team effort, we have now more than 20 open source projects uploaded!

Two abstracts for the upcoming ISMRM 2017 have been submitted and supported by over 50 co-authors from over 35 institutions:
“Open Source Imaging Initiative (OSI²) – Update and Roadmap”
“Open Source Soft- and Hardware Transmission System for traditional and rotating MR”

We just started to communicate over slack. If you would like to join our efforts please write a short email to info@opensourceimaging.org and we will add you to the channel. We are happy about any expertise and help. If you want to have an overview where we are heading, please have a look at our submitted ISMRM abstract.

More exciting updates are about to come in 2017!

Stay in touch and stay open!