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About the Toolkit

The Image-Guided Surgery Toolkit (IGSTK) is an open-source foundation for conducting research and developing applications for minimally invasive, image-guided clinical and medical procedures.

A typical image-guided surgery system provides:

  1. A method for registration of the preoperative image to the physical space of the patient.
  2. A tracking device for intraoperative localization of instruments.
  3. A user interface that displays images and the position of instruments.
  4. A computer workstation that runs the application.

IGSTK was originally funded by an STTR NIBIB/NIH grant for collaboration between Georgetown University and Kitware, Inc. The Phase I efforts took place from May to September 2003, during which the first implementation of the main components and use of the toolkit was developed in example applications. The Phase II work began in October 2004. During this time, the CADDLab at UNC joined the project and contributed SpatialObjects and the RF Ablation application. Shortly thereafter, in 2005 Atamai Inc. joined and contributed the Tracker code. With these recent developments, the IGSTK Iteration 7 was released to the public in January 2006 and in February there was a presentation and demonstration at SPIE Medical Imaging in San Diego, CA. A year later in 2007, IGSTK datasets became available on MIDAS, the IGSTK book was published and IGSTK 2.0 was released. In November 2007, the Phase III grant was awarded by the NIBIB/NIH grant R01 EB00719 with Dr. Kevin Cleary as the principal investigator.

IGSTK 3.0 was released in 2008, with a corresponding presentation and demonstration at SPIE Medical Imaging. Due to the rapid growth of the user community, in February 2009 there was a dedicated IGSTK User Group meeting held at SPIE Medical Imaging, which is now an annual feature of this conference. February 2009 also saw the release of IGSTK 4.0 followed shortly by release 4.2 in June of that year. An updated version of the IGSTK book, describing release 4.2, was subsequently published. Continued development of the toolkit is supported by researchers at Children's National Medical Center (Dr. Ziv Yaniv) and Kitware (Dr. Andinet Enquobahrie), with version 5.0 released in May 2012.

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History of the Toolkit

IGSTK was originally funded by an STTR NIBIB/NIH grant for collaboration between Georgetown University and Kitware, Inc. The Phase I efforts took place from May to September 2003, during which the first implementation of the main components and use of the toolkit was developed in example applications. The Phase II work began in October 2004. During this time, the CADDLab at UNC joined the project and contributed SpatialObjects and the RF Ablation application. Shortly thereafter, in 2005 Atamai Inc. joined and contributed the Tracker code. With these recent developments, the IGSTK Iteration 7 was released to the public in January 2006 and in February there was a presentation and demonstration at SPIE Medical Imaging in San Diego, CA. A year later in 2007, IGSTK datasets became available on MIDAS, the IGSTK book was published and IGSTK 2.0 was released. In November 2007, the Phase III grant was awarded by the NIBIB/NIH and IGSTK is currently funded by grant R01 EB00719 with Dr. Kevin Cleary as the principal investigator.

IGSTK 3.0 was released in 2008, with a corresponding presentation and demonstration at SPIE Medical Imaging. Due to the rapid growth of the user community, in February 2009 there was a dedicated IGSTK User Group meeting held at SPIE Medical Imaging, which is now an annual feature of this conference. February 2009 also saw the release of IGSTK 4.0

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