NLM Extends and Expands Funding for ITK

September 10, 2002

The growing success of the Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK) and the key role played by Kitware as architectural leads has led the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to award an additional year of funding to Kitware. The main activities to be developed include software maintenance, documentation, training and user support.

Project Background: In 1999 The National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with partner institutes and agencies NIDCR, NEI, NSF, NIDCD, and NCI (see below for acronyms) awarded a three year, multi-million dollar contract to six groups to develop an open source segmentation and registration toolkit. The groups include GE Research, Kitware, UNC-CH, UPenn, U. of Tennesee (now University of Utah), and MathSoft (now Insightful). (Subcontractors include Harvard Brigham & Women’s Hospital, UPenn’s GRASP Lab, Columbia University, and the Univ. of Pittsburgh).

For more information, contact Terry Yoo at NLM ( The software source code (Release 1.0) is now available from

NIDCR = National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research
NEI = National Eye Insitute
NSF = National Science Foundation
NIDCD = National Institute for Deafness and other Communication Disorders
NCI = National Cancer Institute)

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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