Making an open source imaging informatics platform more user-friendly

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open-source-imaging-informatics-platform-xnat-guiAs we continue to crank out awesome projects as a preferred agency partner for Washington University in St. Louis, we fondly remember our first web application development and usability audit projects with one of the country's leading research institutions.

In late 2011, we began an intensive usability audit and research effort for creating a user friendly, organized framework for medical software engineers on XNAT to release software on.

XNAT – short for extensible neuroimaging archive toolkit – is an open source imaging informatics platform developed by the Neuroinformatics Research Group (NRG) at the Washington University School of Medicine. Simply put, it’s like a WordPress for medical research, mostly neurological.

The ongoing XNAT web application development project, which started in 2004, has become a popular platform for storing and using neuroimaging data for research facilities all over the world.

In addition to updating XNAT's usability and design, the Integrity backend developers created an interactive guide of commonly used code snippets for the graphical user interface, or GUI. These GUI guidelines enable any outside developer to use the system with as much ease as our pros.open-source-imaging-informatics-platform-xnat-marketplace

Finally, our WordPress development team built an online "marketplace" that allows developers to download XNAT software add-ons, or post their own.

“NRG is an extraordinarily innovative technology group within Wash U,” said Integrity Partner and Chief Creative Officer Ed Morrissey. “We were proud to partner with them to help elevate their innovation and craft a world-class user experience for their industry leading open source imaging informatics platform.”

Integrity’s user interface designers and backend developers were proud to work on a project that will potentially help millions of doctors, patients and fellow developers.

We are one of the only web consultancies in the country that can handle the research, strategy and execution of large-scale custom web application development. Contact us to see how we can help your institution.

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