Georgetown University and Kitware awarded Phase II STTR from NIH for open-source image guided surgery toolkit

September 10, 2004

Minimally invasive abdominal interventions are rapidly increasing in popularity. This is due to the development of new interventional techniques-and the desire on the part of both clinicians and patients to decrease trauma. Minimally invasive interventions are done using catheters, needles, or other instruments that are introduced, targeted, and manipulated without the benefit of the direct visibility afforded by the usual surgical opening. This greatly minimizes trauma to the patient, but severely restricts the physician’s view of the underlying anatomy. Image-guided surgery, however, circumvents this encumbrance. It uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scans to guide minimally invasive surgical procedures. The scans are typically taken before and during surgery.

Kitware will team with Dr. Kevin Cleary and his staff at Georgetown University to develop software tools to support the tracking and control of image-guided surgical instrumentation. The software will be created under open-source license to encourage the dissemination of this technology, and to create a technology core that will be leveraged in future products and applications of the technology.

Kitware, Inc. is a leading software development company providing products and services in the areas of medical image analysis, visualization and 3D graphics, supercomputing, computer vision, open publication, and software quality process. Kitware is known for its advanced open source software tools such as the widely used Visualization Toolkit (VTK), Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK), and the CMake build management software. Established in 1998, Kitware is rapidly growing to support top research and development clients around the world; including such prestigious customers as the US National Labs (Sandia, Los Alamos, Livermore, and Argonne), the National Institutes of Health, the Army and Air Force Research labs, and a variety of academic, commercial and governmental research labs. Our commercial customers range from Fortune 500 oil and gas companies to small medical imaging start ups.

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