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The Medical Exploration Toolkit: An Efficient Support for Visual Computing in Surgical Planning and Training

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4 Author(s)
Muhler, K. ; Inst. of Simulation & Graphics, Otto-von-Guericke Univ., Magdeburg, Germany ; Tietjen, C. ; Ritter, F. ; Preim, B.

Application development is often guided by the usage of software libraries and toolkits. For medical applications, the toolkits currently available focus on image analysis and volume rendering. Advanced interactive visualizations and user interface issues are not adequately supported. Hence, we present a toolkit for application development in the field of medical intervention planning, training, and presentation-the MEDICALEXPLORATIONTOOLKIT (METK). The METK is based on the rapid prototyping platform MeVisLab and offers a large variety of facilities for an easy and efficient application development process. We present dedicated techniques for advanced medical visualizations, exploration, standardized documentation, and interface widgets for common tasks. These include, e.g., advanced animation facilities, viewpoint selection, several illustrative rendering techniques, and new techniques for object selection in 3D surface models. No extended programming skills are needed for application building, since a graphical programming approach can be used. The toolkit is freely available and well documented to facilitate the use and extension of the toolkit.

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Visualization and Computer Graphics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:16 ,  Issue: 1 )