Kitware will be exhibiting for the first time at RSNA 2010 with a booth highlighting the growing role of open source in medical imaging. We will be at booth number 1305.

Rick Avila will be presenting at the RSNA 2010 Quantitative Imaging Reading Room, which will have a showcase on Kitware’s open-source quantitative lesion sizing toolkit. In addition, Rick will be giving a scientific presentation on the new CT pocket phantom on December 1, 2010 from 10:30AM-12:00PM in room S404AB.

Rick and Stephen Aylward will be teaching a course on ‘Open-Source Tools for Medical Research and Applications’. The objectives of this course are to provide an overview of the open-source Insight Toolkit (ITK) and Visualization Tool (VTK). 2) Summarize the rigorous software practices which assure the functionality and stability of those toolkits. 3) Explore segmentation and registration algorithms for medical research and applications. 4) Explore visualization methods for medical research and applications. 5) Review available open-source applications such as Slicer3 ( for medical image visualization and analysis.

The course will be on November 30, 2010 from 2:30PM-4:00PM in room S401CD.

Course Abstract

The field of medical image research and application is undergoing an explosion of scientific advancement, due in part to the spread of open source software. Herein we review two leading open-source, freely available software libraries for medical image analysis and visualization. The first is the Insight Toolkit ( which was funded by the National Institutes of Health, particularly the National Library of Medicine, to provide state-of-the-art medical image segmentation and registration algorithms. The second is the Visualization Toolkit ( which provides leading medical image visualization techniques. We will also present the software policy and practices which assure the consistent quality of those toolkits. Furthermore, we review complete applications (open-source and proprietary) that provide user-friendly graphical user interfaces to those powerful libraries.

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