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Introduction and Acknowledgements

Author: Junichi Tokuda (BWH), Laurent Chauvin (BWH)
Contact: Junichi Tokuda <email></email>
License: Slicer license |- |


This work is supported by NA-MIC, NCIGT, and the Slicer Community. This work is partially supported by NIH R01CA138586 "A New Method For Improved Targeting in Image-Guided Abdominal Interventions" (PI: Nobuhiko Hata), P01-CA67165 "Image Guided Therapy" (PI: Clare M. Tempany)
The module has been developed based on ideas and feedback from the community. We would like to especially thank:

  • Dr. Matthew Jolley, M.D., Fellow in Pediatric Anesthesia / Pediatric Cardiology, Boston Children's Hospital.
  • Dr. Sumit Agrawal, MD, FRCS, Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Western Ontario.
  • Dr. Wei Wang, Ph.D., Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital.
  • Dr. Ron Kikinis, M.D. Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital.
  • Dr. Steve Pieper, Ph.D. Isomics, Inc.

Extension Description

CurveMaker is a simple scripted module to generate a 3D curve from a fiducial list. Curves between fiducial points are interpolated by vtkSplineFilter. The curve is dynamically updated as the fiducial list is modified (moved/added/deleted). The module is useful to draw lines in 3D space, or visualize tracked catheters.

Use Cases

  • Draw lines in 3D.
  • Visualization of catheters.
CurveMaker GUI and result of 3D curve.

Panels and their use

  • Parameters
    • Source points: The list of fiducial points on the curve
    • Curve model: The model of the curve.
    • Radius: The radius of the curve model.
    • Interpolation: The method to interpolate the fiducial points.
      • None: The points are connected by a straight line.
      • Cardinal Spline: The default method.
      • Hermite Spline: The same interpolation method as the Documentation/Nightly/Modules/Endoscopy module. Useful for visualizing the trajectory of the virtual endoscope.
    • Ring Mode (Added June 1, 2015): Generate a closed-loop. (NOTE: Ring Mode does not support Hermit Spline. Ring Mode "On" is disabled, when Hermit Spline is selected.)
    • Enable: Start updating the curve model based on the curve. While this check box is on, the curve model is automatically updated whenever the parameters are modified.
  • Measurements
    • Length: The length of the current curve is shown in millimeter.


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Information for Developers

The code is available at Github.