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ITK intensive course


Imaging Science and Information Systems (ISIS) Center

Department of Radiology

Georgetown University Medical Center,

November 8-9, 2005


ITK is an open-source software toolkit for performing registration and segmentation. ITK is implemented in C++. ITK is cross-platform, using the CMake build environment to manage the configuration process. In addition, an automated wrapping process generates interfaces between C++ and interpreted programming languages such as Tcl, Java, and Python. This enables developers to create software using a variety of programming languages. ITK's C++ implementation style is referred to as generic programming (i.e., using templated code). Such C++ templating means that the code is highly efficient, reusable, and that many software problems are discovered at compile-time, rather than at run-time during program execution. Because ITK is an open-source project, developers from around the world can use, debug, maintain, and extend the software. ITK uses a model of software development referred to as extreme programming. Extreme programming collapses the usual software creation methodology into a simultaneous and iterative process of design-implement-test-release

Objectives of the course

This intensive course aims both at giving a brief introduction to ITK for new and potential users, as well as in-depth details on advanced ITK programming for ITK developers. Moreover, a special session will be dedicated to the link between ITK and different medical image viewers. The course will include plenary presentation by specialists from Kitware Inc. ( as well as hands-on exercises on real, practical problems in medical imaging.


The course is organised by

 Dr. Kevin Cleary
 Imaging Science and Information Systems (ISIS) Center
 Department of Radiology
 Georgetown University Medical Center

in collaboration with Kitware Inc.


Instructors will be

  • Luis Ibanez, Kitware Inc,
  • Andinet Enquobahrie, Kitware Inc,
  • Julien Jomier, CADDLab UNC

Preliminary program


"Those who succeed do so because they have already acted
Those who failed do so because they act too late"

Download the Binary version of CMake 2.2

You could also download the source and build it on your own, but this is not necessary. Using the binary version should be much simpler.

Download and Build ITK

Download ITK 2.2 following the instructions in

The PowerPoint presentation can also be downloaded from the following link:

and build it in your machine. You can use any of the platforms supported by ITK.

  • Microsoft Windows with Visual Studio
  • Microsoft Windows with Borland Compiler
  • Microsoft Windows with Intel Compiler
  • Microsoft Windows with Cygwin
  • Linux with Intel Compiler
  • Linux with GCC 2.95, 3.0, 3.2 3.3, 3.4, or 4.0
  • Macintosh with Gcc
  • SGI with CC native compiler
  • SGI with GCC
  • SUN with CC native compiler
  • SUN with GCC

Download and Build the Exercises

The source code of the hands-on exercises is contained in the following zip file.

Please download and build the exercises.

You should build these exercises before attending the course.

In this way the time of the course will be focused on studying the exercises and not in dealing with configuration problems.

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005:

Course Schedule: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

Course Schedule: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Alternative Material

This is material to be presented on request, or if time permits.

Venue and accommodation

The course will be held at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

  ISIS Center
  Department of Radiology, 
  Georgetown University Medical Center
  2115 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 
  Suite 603
  Washington, DC 20057
  Tel: (202) 687-5990 
  Fax: (202) 784-3479

  Google Map 
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Please Note:

  • Space is limited therefore early registration is advised.
  • Participants must bring their own laptop computer as it is a hands-on course.
  • All profits from this course will go to the Insight Software Consortium to support the open source movement.

For questions and registration please contact Katherine Lawyer at or 202-687-7193.

Nearby Hotels

Hotel List (listed by prices)

 Holiday Inn
 2101 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
 Washington, DC 20007
 $156.66 a night

 Wyndham Washington, DC
 1400 M Street, Nw
 Washington, DC 20005
 (202) 429-1700
 $184 a night (offer a AAA discount)

 Westin Grand
 2350 M Street NW
 Washington DC 20037
 $219 a night
 Westin Embassy Road
 2100 Mass Ave NW
 Washington DC 20008
 (202) 293-2100
 $229 a night
 Marriott Georgetown University Conference Center
 3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
 Washington, DC 20057
 $259 a night for the 9th and 10th,  149 a night for the 11th
 The Georgetown Inn
 1310 Wisconsin Avenue. N.W.
  Washington, DC 20007
 (202) 424-2979
 $235.67 a night
 The Fairmont Washington
 2401 M Street
 Washington, DC 20007
 (202) 429-2400
 $499 a night

Often hotels near the Key Bridge are significantly less expensive, so I also included a list of those as well:

 Best Western Key Bridge 
 1850 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22219
 $119.00 per night;jsessionid=251A0AE051D6E8759F4E134D2466A25A?propertyCode=47096
 Holiday Inn Rosslyn @Key Bridge, Va
 1900 N. Fort Myer Dr., Arlington, VA 22209
 153.28 a night

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