CHIMAERA SDK – Medical Image Processing

Scalable from hardware-optimized image processing to complete applications – our SDK brings your project from prototype to finished product.

Our Medical Imaging Application SDK

With our modular application SDK (Software Development Kit), we offer highly customizable solutions for business customers in the field of medical and industrial imaging. Its components are designed to support various application demands, ranging from pure backend tasks to full-blown graphical user interfaces (GUI) applications or customer workstation components.

The Chimaera SDK components can either be integrated into existing customer software or used to build stand-alone image processing applications.



  • Prototyping and application development
  • High performance processing (CPU, GPU)
  • Design of algorithms and processing pipelines
  • Mixed C++ / Python development




  • Software components for creating apps
  • Tools for visual programming and profiling
  • Architecture for mixed-hardware processing (Cuda, CPU, Python)
  • Containerized remote processing (Docker, Kubernetes)




  • Multi-platform support (Windows, Linux)
  • Scalable and extendable via plugin system
  • Flexible GUI styling for corporate look-and-feel
  • Modern package-based build system
  • Dedicated processing on mixed hardware


Create computation backends, extensions for viewing workstations, or customized GUI stand-alone applications.

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Highlighted Features of the Image Processing SDK

The Chimaera SDK provides an extensive list of features of which some are briefly highlighted:

  • Visual programming editor and profiler
  • Modern multi-platform build system (conan, CMake)
  • Built-in support for mixed hardware components (e.g. CUDA, OpenGL, OpenCL)
  • Python scripting engine for mixed C++ / Python development
  • Visualization modules (e.g. slice viewing, MPR, volume rendering)
  • Image processing algorithms (e.g. segmentation, registration)
  • Property system with serialization (useful in configuration management)
  • Crash reporting and debugging support (e.g. Visual Studio Source Link)
  • Customer-specific software components for integration into large platforms


In addition, Chimaera provides services and support for developing customer-specific software components based on the SDK for seamless integration into existing systems.

Development Components and Tools

A developer license for the Chimaera SDK contains access to various components and tools. Software based on the Chimaera SDK components may be written in C++, in Python or a mixture of both languages.

Chimaera Build System

Managing mixed dependencies is challenging and which programmer has not been confronted with dependency problems where the colleague just shrugs and says: "But it works on my machine!".

This now belongs to the past, as our build system applies a package-based approach (conan) with our specific build system extensions (writting in CMake).

We can thus greatly simplify everyday (unpopular) developer tasks like:

  • project setup and IDE integration (apps, plugins, libraries)
  • adding library dependencies (greatly reduced CMake integration)
  • keeping track of shared libraries (synchronization as needed)
  • installation of Python dependencies (app-specific Python environments)
  • creating installers for deployment (bundling)

Visual Programming

Processing parts and app components are designed as data flow graphs, which we call process networks.

The Process Network Editor is a visual programming tool that we developed to create such networks and interact with them in a live-view.

Although intended to be used only during development, it may even be configured to be accessible from distributed applications, for example by a service technician.

Analysis and Profiling

After having developed the app logic and computational parts of the software, our Profiling and Editor Tools can be applied during runtime to:

  • inspect parameters / intermediate results in a live application setting
  • collect processing times and analyse bottlenecks
  • visualize hardware processing (e.g. dedicated GPU devices)
  • tune resource management (e.g. memory consumption, caching)


This helps to accelerate the development from prototype to product.

Advanced Processing and Visualization

Developers using our SDK can choose from a range of available advanced processing and visualization components, such as:

  • processing algorithms (e.g. image enhancement)
  • registration (rigid, non-rigid) and segmentation (manual, AI-assisted, AI)
  • viewing modes (slice, MPR, volume rendering)
  • configurable view layouts and GUI integration


Did you know that the Chimaera SDK is an excellent tool for driving innovation and later seamlessly transitioning into product development?

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Chimaera SDK – Q&A

How can I use Chimaera SDK to process large amounts of data quickly and in a decentralized manner?

Our SDK can be flexibly configured to exchange data across various interfaces. It empowers decentralized process chains to automate diverse tasks efficiently, such as AI-driven structure recognition (medical anatomy, material defects for industrial inspection, etc.), noise reduction, or artifact elimination. 
Moreover, the system is designed for fast and efficient streaming of large volumes of image data. It supports multiple imaging modalities (CT, MR, PET, etc.), offers high reliability and is easy to scale.

How can I configure a standalone app for my entire process chain with Chimaera SDK?

We provide software solutions that seamlessly integrate into existing structures and processes, ensuring modularity and extensibility. With the Chimaera SDK, we offer a modular toolkit with components that support everything from software prototyping to the development of final standalone applications. Additionally, we ensure that both individual and regulatory requirements are accurately implemented to meet all necessary standards and specifications.

Can I use Chimaera SDK for my medical device?

The Chimaera SDK is a development tool and not an independently certified medical device. However, since our SDK modules are developed according to EN ISO 13485, our customers can use them to build standalone medical devices with defined intended purposes. 
Upon licensing, we provide the necessary quality management, including technical documentation for the SDK modules to help you comply with the European Medical Device Regulation (MDR). We ensure the support needed to achieve certification and bring your medical device to market.



Dr.-Ing. Dieter Hahn

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91058 Erlangen

 +49 (0)9131 - 691 385
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