2008 July Slicer IGT VV Link Session II

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Date: Wednesday, July 23

Location: 1249 Boylston Street, Second Floor Conference Room. (Driving directions to 1249 Boylston, Boston MA)

Slicer Navigation Driven by Brain Lab Using Yale's Bioimage Suite to bridge VVLink to OpenIGTLink

Hotel Information: Boston_Hotels


  • Xenios Papademetris
  • Noby Hata
  • Haiying Liu
  • Junichi Tokuda
  • Steve Pieper
  • Tina Kapur
  • Lauren O'Donnell
  • Ron Kikinis


Tuesday Afternoon:

Availability: Xenios at ~1:30pm, Steve, Haiying, Junichi


Availability: Steve in afternoon, All day: Xenios, Haiying, Junichi

  • Continuation of Brainlab vvlink integration with Slicer
  • 2:30 journal club presentation by Xenios (at 1249)


  • Steve suggested:
    • going through the vvlink and openigtlink protocols
      • identifying areas places where igtl can be expanded
      • finding gaps in vvlink that will need workaround (image orientation - Xenios has heuristics for this)
    • reviewing options for the vv/igtl proxy server
      • should this be on a stand alone machine?
      • do we make this proxy code into a project of it's own or part of igtl library
      • write any test code to move the vv/igtl proxy concept along (how can we use the demo from the project week as the basis for something that can be used clinically?)
    • Xenios feedback on igtl library software and use cases (he ended up using the C code and not the C++)
    • collect practical feedback on vvlink in the OR from Yale's experience
    • get demos of Yale software and discuss interoperability options and possible funding mechanisms.
  • Lauren O'Donnell from the BWH Neurosurgery Department can join on Tuesday afternoon to discuss what clinicians would like to see out of the system.



  • Presentation by Xenios Papademetris at special SPL Journal Club session.
  • Successful connection of BrainLab and Slicer using Bioimage Suite bridge.
    • translation coordinates
    • volumetric image data
    • ~20 frames per second interaction
    • interactive diffusion tractography seeding at tracked locations