2016 Summer Project Week/Tracked Ultrasound Standardization

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Key Investigators

  • Andras Lasso (Queen's University, Canada)
  • Christian Askeland (SINTEF, Norway)
  • Simon Drouin (Montreal Neurological Institute, Canada)
  • Junichi Tokuda (Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA)
  • Longquan Chen (Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA)
  • Adam Rankin (Robarts Research Institute, Canada)
  • Thomas Kirchner (German Cancer Research Center, Germany)


Project Description


  • Plus toolkit provides access to numerous hardware devices (imaging devices, tracking devices, navigations systems, sensors, etc.) and makes it available through OpenIGTLink protocol
  • Create a common library that makes communication with Plus (and OpenIGTLink-compatible devices or software) very simple:
    • Ensure software interoperability
    • Share software maintenance workload
    • Make it easy to share new features

Approach, Plan

  • Formalize and complete OpenIGTLink v3 specification: mostly completed during NAMIC Winter Project Week 2016
  • Implement OpenIGTLink v3 specification in OpenIGTLink: commands and custom attributes
  • Implement OpenIGTLinkIO library for convenient connection setup, command handling, conversion to/from VTK data objects, legacy OpenIGTLink (v1 and v2) support
  • Implement tests and examples


  • OpenIGTLink v3 is implemented in OpenIGTLink and Plus toolkits
  • OpenIGTLinkIO library basic features implemented, used in CustusX, IBIS, Plus (server launcher)
  • Next steps: make OpenIGTLinkIO feature complete, use OpenIGTLinkIO also in 3D Slicer and Plus (for making them simpler and easier to maintain)