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Integration of the OpenIGTLink Network Protocol for Image-guided Therapy with the Medical Platform MeVisLab

Egger J.1, Tokuda J.1, Chauvin L.1, Freisleben B.2, Nimsky C.3, Kapur T.1, Wells III W.M.1
Institution:
1Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
2Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany.
3Department of Neurosurgery, University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany.
Publisher:
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Publication Date:
Sep-2012
Journal:
Int J Med Robot
Volume Number:
8
Issue Number:
3
Pages:
282-90
Citation:
Int J Med Robot. 2012 Sep;8(3):282-90.
PubMed ID:
22374845
PMCID:
PMC3405168
Keywords:
OpenIGTLink, MeVisLab, system, surgical navigation, image-guided therapy, slicer
Appears in Collections:
NCIGT, NA-MIC, Prostate Group, SLICER, SNR, SPL
Sponsors:
P01 CA067165/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
P41 RR019703/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/United States
R01 CA111288/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
R01 CA138586/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
R03 EB013792/EB/NIBIB NIH HHS/United States
U54 EB005149/EB/NIBIB NIH HHS/United States
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Egger J., Tokuda J., Chauvin L., Freisleben B., Nimsky C., Kapur T., Wells III W.M. Integration of the OpenIGTLink Network Protocol for Image-guided Therapy with the Medical Platform MeVisLab. Int J Med Robot. 2012 Sep;8(3):282-90. PMID: 22374845. PMCID: PMC3405168.
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We present the integration of the OpenIGTLink network protocol for image-guided therapy (IGT) with the medical prototyping platform MeVisLab. OpenIGTLink is a new, open, simple and extensible network communication protocol for IGT. The protocol provides a standardized mechanism to connect hardware and software by the transfer of coordinate transforms, images, and status messages. MeVisLab is a framework for the development of image processing algorithms and visualization and interaction methods, with a focus on medical imaging. The integration of OpenIGTLink into MeVisLab has been realized by developing a software module using the C++ programming language. As a result, researchers using MeVisLab can interface their software to hardware devices that already support the OpenIGTLink protocol, such as the NDI Aurora magnetic tracking system. In addition, the OpenIGTLink module can also be used to communicate directly with Slicer, a free, open source software package for visualization and image analysis. The integration has been tested with tracker clients available online and a real tracking system.

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