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The Image-Guided Surgery Toolkit (IGstk: pronounced IGStick) is a high-level component-based framework providing common functionality for image-guided surgery applications.

This software framework consists of a set of high-level components integrated with other low-level open source software libraries and application programming interfaces (API) from hardware vendors.

The cornerstone of IGstk is robustness. IGstk provides the following high-level functionality:

  • Ability to read and display medical images including CT and MRI in DICOM format.
  • An interface to common tracking hardware (e.g. AURORA from Northern Digital Inc.).
  • A graphical user interface and visualization capability including a four-quadrant view (axial, sagittal, coronal, and 3D) as well as a multi-slice axial view (from 1 by 1 to many by many such as 10 by 10).
  • Registration: point based registration and a means for selecting these points.
  • Robust common internal software services for logging, exception-handling and problem resolution.

This work is funded by NIBIB/NIH grant 2R42EB000374-02.