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Systems and Architectures for Computer Assisted Interventions


The goal of this workshop is to establish a forum for discussing open source toolkits and open interfaces and how they have been applied in the development of computer assisted intervention systems. The intent is to establish a dialogue between the open source community, industry, and researchers in the field. The workshop will include presentations and panel discussions about: 1) existing open source toolkits, 2) open (research) interfaces to medical products, and 3) integrated systems for computer assisted interventions.

One outcome of the workshop will be a technical paper (white paper) that will be submitted for review to the International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery. If completed by Oct 2, 2008, the paper will be considered for a special issue on New Technologies.

Presentations Funded Wholly or Partly by NA-MIC

Software and hardware integration strategy for image guided therapy using Open IGT Link. (PowerPoint)

Junichi Tokuda (Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School), Luis Ibanez (Kitware, Inc.), Csaba Csoma (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Cheng (Georgetown University), Haiying Liu (Brigham and Women's Hospital), Jack Blevins (Acoustic MedSystems Inc.), Junpei Arata (Nagoya Institute of Technology), Xenophon Papademetris (Yale University) and Nobuhiko Hata (Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School)

An Open-Source Solution for Interactive Acquisition, Processing and Transfer of Interventional Ultrasound Images. (PowerPoint)

Jonathan Boisvert (Queen's University), David G. Gobbi (Queen's University), Siddharth Vikal (Queen's University), Robert Rohling (University of British Columbia), Purang Abolmaesumi (Queen’s University)

SimITK and SimVTK: ITK and VTK in Simulink. (PowerPoint)

David G. Gobbi, Parvin Mousavi, Karen M. Li, Jing Xiang, Adam Campigotto, Adrien LaPointe, Gabor Fichtinger, Purang Abolmaesumi (Queen's University)


  • Peter Kazanzides, Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology (CISST ERC), Johns Hopkins University
  • Nobuhiko Hata, National Center for Image Guided Therapy (NCIGT), Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • Luis Ibanez, Kitware, Inc.

Final Program

Following is the program for the workshop. The order of talks within a session may be reordered to accommodate speaker requests.

09:00 - 09:10 Introduction, Peter Kazanzides, Johns Hopkins University
09:10 – 10:10 Industry presentations

  • Medtronic StealthStation™ StealthLink Research Portal, Leslie Holton, Medtronic
  • The daVinci Research Interface, Simon DiMaio, Intuitive Surgical
  • Micron Tracker: API and other interfaces, Claudio Gatti, Claron Technology
  • VectorVision Link, Pratik Patel, BrainLAB

10:10 – 10:30 Plenary Session

  • Research interfaces for image-guided neurosurgery, Xenophon Papademetris, Yale Univ.

10:30 – 10:50 Break
10:50 – 11:10 Discussion

  • Challenges of open interfaces

11:10 – 12:30 CAI Software #1

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch (on your own)
13:30 – 15:30 CAI Software #2

  • The cisst libraries for computer assisted intervention systems, Anton Deguet, Johns Hopkins Univ.
  • An Open-Source Solution for Interactive Acquisition, Processing and Transfer of Interventional Ultrasound Images, Jonathan Boisvert, Queen’s Univ.
  • Simulink Libraries for Visual Programming of VTK and ITK, David Gobbi, Queen’s Univ.
  • VV: a viewer for the evaluation of 4D image registration, Pierre Seroul, Univ. Lyon
  • MITK & 3DMed : An Integrated Platform Applicable for the Development of Computer Assisted Intervention Systems, Jian Chen, Chinese Academy of Science
  • A XML based component oriented architecture for image guided surgery: illustration for the video based tracking of a surgical tool, Jean-Baptiste Fasquel, IRCAD

15:30 – 16:00 Discussion

  • Architectures and interoperability

16:00 – 16:20 Break
16:20 – 17:40 CAI Systems

  • Integration of Open Source and Commercial Software for a Neurosurgical Robot System, Tian Xia, Tamas Haidegger, JHU
  • CustusX: A navigation system and research tool for minimally invasive therapy, improved safety, surgeon confidence and patient outcome, Frank Lindseth, SINTEF Norway
  • Distributed database framework for real-time image-guidance in robotic surgery, David Kwartowitz, Mayo Clinic
  • Software Architecture of a System for Robotic Surgery, Hermann Mayer, Technical University of Munich

17:40 – 18:20 Discussion and wrap-up

  • Successes and unmet needs
  • Planning for technical paper (white paper)