A look a the benefits and risks of commercial and open-source SDKs for DICOM software.
There are risks and advantages to open-source software in general relative to its commercial counterparts. Notable open-source success stories in the medical and scientific domains are the ITK and the VTK. Factors for their success include the following:
- Targeting of a specialized and valuable domain.
- Licensing that allows use in commercial products.
- Adoption by the business community with its commensurate support.
Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) software has a relatively long history in the open-source community, largely in response to the cost...