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The Insight Toolkit (ITK) project is developing a public, open-source library of leading-edge algorithms for the segmentation (image partitioning) and registration (image alignment) of high-dimensional biomedical image data.
ITK R&D: Fundamental improvements in the ITK software library are being made, in light of the current state of ITK and technological advances such as multi-core processors in laptop systems, larger memories, ubiquitous graphics processing units (GPUs), and consumer-grade parallel computing systems for array processing.
ITK applications R&D: Researchers are incorporating ITK code into software for medical and other applications:
- Deconvolution methods for astronomy and astrophysics
- Digital histology
- Image registration for neurosurgery
- Tumor micro-environments
- Tumor volume measurement for lung cancer treatment
- Video processing for security applications as well as healthcare
- Zebrafish embryology
- The National Alliance of Medical Image Computing (NA-MIC), an NIH Roadmap National Center for Biomedical Computing (NCBC) led by Harvard University, has adopted ITK and its software engineering practices as part of its engineering infrastructure.
- ITK is the software foundation for the Image Guided Surgery Toolkit (IGSTK), an R&D program sponsored by the NIH National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and executed by Georgetown University’s Imaging Science and Information Systems (ISIS) Center.
- The Image-Guided Surgery Toolkit (IGSTK) is pioneering an open application programming interface (API) for integrating robotics, image-guidance, image analysis, and surgical intervention.
- International software packages that incorporate ITK include:
- Osirix, an open-source diagnostic radiological image viewing system developed through a research partnership between UCLA and the University of Geneva, Switzerland
- The Orfeo Toolbox (OTB) from the Centre Nationale D’Etudes Spatiales, the French National Space Administration
ITK influences: ITK influences end-user applications through supplementing research platforms including:
- Analyze – computational techniques for the display and analysis of multidimensional image data – from the Mayo Clinic
- SCIRun, a problem solving environment for modeling, simulation, and visualization of scientific problems, from the University of Utah's Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute
- The development of a new release of VolView, free software for medical volume image viewing and analysis
ITK project coordination: NLM and the ITK Project coordinate efforts of groups including:
- Carnegie Mellon University
- CoSmo Software
- General Electric Global Research
- Georgetown University
- Harvard University
- Kitware, Inc.
- Mayo Clinic
- Ohio State University
- Old Dominion University
- University of Iowa
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Utah Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute
About ITK and its software:
- Can be run on Apple, Linux, and Windows
- Comprises more than 845,000 lines of openly available source code
- Subscribers to the ITK list-serve include more than 1,500 people from more than 40 countries, and representing a broad scientific community
- Support, development, and maintenance provided through a consortium of university and commercial organizations and NLM/LHNCBC/OHPCC intramural research staff
For more information about ITK: Please visit itk.org for more information about ITK, including a technical summary, its history, current releases, training, and ITK projects.
Funding: FY 2010 and FY 2011 ITK efforts were funded through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (commonly known as the Stimulus).