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MITK global tractography

Submitted by holger on Wed, 2012/06/27 - 15:47
TitleMITK global tractography
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsNeher, PF, Stieltjes, B, Reisert, M, Reicht, I, Meinzer, H-P, Fritzsche, KH
EditorHaynor, DR, Ourselin, S
Conference NameMedical Imaging 2012: Image Processing

Fiber tracking algorithms yield valuable information for neurosurgery as well as automated diagnostic approaches. However, they have not yet arrived in the daily clinical practice. In this paper we present an open source integration of the global tractography algorithm proposed by Reisert into the open source Medical Imaging Interaction Toolkit (MITK) developed and maintained by the Division of Medical and Biological Informatics at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). The integration of this algorithm into a standardized and open development environment like MITK enriches accessibility of tractography algorithms for the science community and is an important step towards bringing neuronal tractography closer to a clinical application. The MITK diffusion imaging application, downloadable from, combines all the steps necessary for a successful tractography: preprocessing, reconstruction of the images, the actual tracking, live monitoring of intermediate results, postprocessing and visualization of the final tracking results. This paper presents typical tracking results and demonstrates the steps for pre- and post-processing of the images.

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