Open Source Tools for Medical Research and Applications.
Clifton Park, NY (Vocus) November 22, 2010
Kitware, Inc. a software services company that builds open-source platforms and develops advanced research solutions, will attend and exhibit at the International RSNA 2010 conference, to take place at the McCormick Place in Chicago from November 28-December 3, 2010. At the conference, Kitware will highlight a number of applications and technologies designed to deliver advanced medical imaging solutions based on free and open source software for scientists and engineers. In addition, Kitware will make an announcement in regards to VolView, a biomedical imaging research application that the company says will have a definitive impact on researchers worldwide.
Rick Avila, the Senior Director of Healthcare Solutions, and Stephen Aylward, Director of Medical Imaging, will be presenting a course on “Open Source Tools for Medical Research and Applications.” The course, which will be held on November 30, 2010 from 2:30 PM – 4 PM in S401CD, will provide a comprehensive overview of the open-source Insight Toolkit (http://www.itk.org) and Visualization Tool (http://www.vtk.org). Avila and Aylward will summarize the rigorous software practices that ensure the high-quality functionality and cross-platform stability of those toolkits as well as review open-source applications such as Slicer3, which is used for medical image visualization and analysis.
At its booth, located in the Lakeside Center, Hall D: 1305, Kitware will feature a number of applications including their volumetric lesion sizing technology as an example of quantitative imaging for clinical trials as well as IGSTK, a next-generation environment for performing image-guided surgery research. They will also feature more advanced research applications which use free and open source (FOSS) toolkits like Slicer and MIDAS as a solution for web-based image archiving and processing.
A number of open-source technologies will be highlighted including those that can measure CT acquisition variability in research settings, perform GPU-accelerated volume rendering and even analyze medical images through advanced segmentation techniques. In particular, Kitware will describe and provide hands-on demonstrations of the open source lesion sizing toolkit at RSNA’s Quantitative Imaging Reading Room. This will include results of an open source reference algorithm for the volumetric assessment of CT lung lesions. Kitware will also offer presentations on the firm’s software engineering tools, CMake, CDash and CTest.
In addition, Avila will give a scientific presentation on a new CT Quality Assurance Pocket Phantom, co-authored with Mount Sinai and Roche Pharmaceuticals that is revealing significant results on the variability of CT scanners.
Avila and Aylward will be accompanied to RSNA 2010 with Kitware Technical Leaders, Wes Turner and Brad Davis, as well as Karthik Krishnan who specializes in research for both medical image analysis and visualization problems.
If you would like to set up a time to meet at RSNA 2010, please contact Kitware’s corporate office by phone (518) 371-3971, or through email at kitware(at)kitware(dot)com.
Kitware, Inc. is a leader in the creation and support of open source software and state of the art technology, and is one of the fastest growing software companies in the country. Kitware leverages its open-source communities and diverse technical expertise to provide advanced custom solutions for a host of complex technical problems. Founded in 1998, Kitware's team is widely recognized for their major contributions to a variety of open-source software systems including the Visualization Toolkit (VTK), the Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK), CMake and ParaView. Kitware has made an impact in areas such as visualization, data publishing, medical imaging, quality software process, computer vision and informatics. Among Kitware's global customers and collaborators are a variety of academic research facilities, government institutions and private corporations worldwide. Kitware's products and services include software support, consulting, custom application development and training and productivity tools that leverage open source systems. For more information please visit http://kitware.com.
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