|Title||The image-guided surgery toolkit IGSTK: an open source C++ software toolkit.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Authors||Enquobahrie, A, Cheng, P, Gary, K, Ibanez, L, Gobbi, D, Lindseth, F, Yaniv, Z, Aylward, S, Jomier, J, Cleary, K|
|Journal||J Digit Imaging|
|Volume||20 Suppl 1|
|Date Published||2007 Nov|
|Keywords||Computer Systems, Data Display, Database Management Systems, Humans, Information Dissemination, Information Storage and Retrieval, Safety, Software, Software Design, Software Validation, Surgery, Computer-Assisted, Systems Integration, User-Computer Interface|
This paper presents an overview of the image-guided surgery toolkit (IGSTK). IGSTK is an open source C++ software library that provides the basic components needed to develop image-guided surgery applications. It is intended for fast prototyping and development of image-guided surgery applications. The toolkit was developed through a collaboration between academic and industry partners. Because IGSTK was designed for safety-critical applications, the development team has adopted lightweight software processes that emphasizes safety and robustness while, at the same time, supporting geographically separated developers. A software process that is philosophically similar to agile software methods was adopted emphasizing iterative, incremental, and test-driven development principles. The guiding principle in the architecture design of IGSTK is patient safety. The IGSTK team implemented a component-based architecture and used state machine software design methodologies to improve the reliability and safety of the components. Every IGSTK component has a well-defined set of features that are governed by state machines. The state machine ensures that the component is always in a valid state and that all state transitions are valid and meaningful. Realizing that the continued success and viability of an open source toolkit depends on a strong user community, the IGSTK team is following several key strategies to build an active user community. These include maintaining a users and developers' mailing list, providing documentation (application programming interface reference document and book), presenting demonstration applications, and delivering tutorial sessions at relevant scientific conferences.
|Alternate Journal||J Digit Imaging|
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