The Image-Guided Surgery Toolkit (IGSTK) is a framework that integrates a set of high-level components with low-level open source software libraries and application programming interfaces (APIs) from hardware vendors. In addition to its interface to common tracking hardware (e.g., Aurora from Northern Digital Inc.), IGSTK has a GUI.

IGSTK can read and display medical images, including CT and MRI in Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) format. The framework’s visualization capabilities include four-quadrant view (axial, sagittal, coronal, and 3D) and multi-slice axial view (from 1 x 1 to many x many). IGSTK also has capabilities for performing point-based registration and selecting the points. Along with these capabilities, IGSTK has internal software services for logging, exception-handling, and problem resolution.

While IGSTK is not currently under active development, we are committed to surgical simulation and medical visualization. We encourage you to try the functionality in the following open source software.

The Insight Toolkit (ITK) applies algorithms to medical images from CT, MRI, and ultrasound.

3D Slicer
3D Slicer is a platform for medical image informatics, image processing, and three-dimensional visualization.

The Interaction Medical Simulation Toolkit (iMSTK) has a modular framework for creating multi-modal surgical simulations.

We also encourage you to read the Kitware blog, which features news about the latest developments in medical visualization, tutorials, and more.

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