Successful learning of surgical liver anatomy in a computer-based teaching module
Although non-rigid registration methods are available or under development for many specific problems in medicine, rigid and affine registration is an important task that is often performed for pre-aligning images before using non-rigid registration. In this paper, we present a free and open-source application for rigid and affine image registration, which is designed both for developers and for end-users. The application is based on the Medical Imaging Interaction Toolkit (MITK) and allows for inter-modality and intra-modality rigid 2D-2D and 3D-3D registration of medical images such as CT, MRI, or ultrasound. The framework as well as the application can be easily extended by adding new transforms, metrics and optimizers. Thus, developers of new algorithms are enabled to test and use their algorithms more quickly, spending less work on user interfaces. Additionally, the framework provides the possibility to use image masks to restrict the evaluation of metric values by the optimizer on certain areas of the images.