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BACKGROUND With increasing research on system integration for image-guided therapy (IGT), there has been a strong demand for standardized communication among devices and software to share data such as target positions, images and device status. METHOD We propose a new, open, simple and extensible network communication protocol for IGT, named OpenIGTLink,(More)
We present three image-guided navigation systems developed for needle-based interventional radiology procedures, using the open source image-guided surgery toolkit (IGSTK). The clinical procedures we address are vertebroplasty, RF ablation of large lung tumors, and lung biopsy. In vertebroplasty, our system replaces the use of fluoroscopy, reducing(More)
This paper presents an overview of the image-guided surgery toolkit (IGSTK). IGSTK is an open source C++ software library that provides the basic components needed to develop image-guided surgery applications. It is intended for fast prototyping and development of image-guided surgery applications. The toolkit was developed through a collaboration between(More)
Objective: Many image-guided surgery applications require tracking devices as part of their core functionality. The Image-Guided Surgery Toolkit (IGSTK) was designed and developed to interface tracking devices with software applications incorporating medical images. Methods: IGSTK was designed as an open source C++ library that provides the basic components(More)
Embedded Systems are electronic components with software, that are specifically designed to provide services in various devices. The great majority (98%) of microprocessors are embedded, and are used in industrial sectors such as transport (avionics, space, automotive, trains), electrical and electronic appliances, process control, telecommunications,(More)
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