Paraview Support for Computational Anatomy

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  1. Implemented in conjunction with proposal 3D Shape Analysis for Computational Anatomy

Key Investigators

  • Kitware: Michel Audette, Stephen Aylward, Will Schroeder
  • Johns Hopkins: Michael Bowers, Anthony Kolasny, Michael Miller


  1. Enable Paraview to support VTK-based visualization and ITK-based processing for 3D Shape Analysis Computational Anatomy.

Approach, Plan

  1. Anatomical components to be manipulated as a scene composed of MRML nodes, e.g.: VolumeNode, ModelNode, etc.
  2. Interaction possible between Slicer and Paraview.


A new library, KWScene, is being developed based on the MRML standard to support scene graph-type manipulation of volume and surface primitives for VTK-based visualization and ITK-based processing, in order to support computation pipeline and visualization of Computational Anatomy research at Johns Hopkins Center for Imaging Science. In addition, support for this library is being built into Paraview, the platform of interaction of the CIS group. Reading and serialization is compatible with Slicer scenes.

Delivery Mechanism

Summer Project Week will be used to demonstrate to JHU the work done so far, and to develop a VTK-plugin mechanism for ITK processing on Paraview.

References Mirza Faisal Beg, Michael I. Miller, Alain Trouvé, Laurent Younes: Computing Large Deformation Metric Mappings via Geodesic Flows of Diffeomorphisms. International Journal of Computer Vision 61(2): 139-157 (2005)