Slicer3: Image Guided Therapy (IGT)
The Slicer3 IGT tools are intended to enable research in image guided therapy. They leverage the Slicer environment and augment it with a number of IGT specific functionalities and modules. One key element of this capability is Open IGT link, a communication protocol to link 3D Slicer to a variety of devices.
- I am a neurosurgeon who is using the BrainLabs Navigation system. I would like to use Slicer to do some research in DTI visualization during procedures. What do I do?
Use-case scenario 2: IGT robotics tutorial with LEGO Mindstorms
- I am a professor who wants to use Slicer to educate my students about the basics of robotics in IGT
This tutorial provides a thorough understanding of the main concepts in image-guided therapy and medical robotics, namely imaging, pre-operative planning, targeting by tracking, navigation and registration. The tutorial is open-source and completely free for anyone to use or modify (see http://www.slicer.org for details and for the BSD style open source license).
The tutorial is:
- Hands-on: Using a LEGO robot, a LEGO phantom (anatomical model) and a tutorial module in 3D Slicer v. 3 means that tutorial participants can use real physical equipment and software to learn about IGT and medical robotics.
- Accessible: The tutorial software is open-source, and the cost of the materials is approximately $300 USD + shipping and taxes.
- Provided by NA-MIC and the Surgical Planning Lab:
- Provided by tutorial participants:
(For purchasing information for user-supplied materials, see the "Tutorial Slides Part 1 - Background and Materials" slides.)
STEP 1: Assemble Robot (See Robot assembly instruction)
STEP 2: Assemble Phantom (See Phantom assembly instruction)
STEP 3: Place phantom (See Phantom assembly instruction)
For more information, please refer the tutorial slide materials listed bellow.
Tutorial slides and references
- Tutorial Slides Part 1 - Background and Materials: LEGOIGTAndMedicalRoboticsTutorial_1_BackgroundAndMaterials.pdf
- Tutorial Slides Part 2 - Basic Tutorial: LEGOIGTAndMedicalRoboticsTutorial_2_BasicTutorial.pdf
- Tutorial Slides Part 3 - Advanced Tutorial: LEGOIGTAndMedicalRoboticsTutorial_3_AdvancedTutorial.pdf
- MICCAI 2007 "Open Source and Open Data for MICCAI" workshop paper: AnAccessibleHandsOnTutorialSystemForIGTAndMedicalRobotics.pdf
- Support medical tracking systems
- All devices interfaced to IGSTK (Noby inserts link), including
- Flashpoint (Image Guided Technologies, Boulder, CO)
- Robin Medical
- scanners (Noby: which ones)
- robots (Noby which ones)
- IGT Modules in Slicer 3.3
Only what is in Slicer 3.3 nightly!