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Collaboration with DKFZ

Mint Medical closely collaborates with the DKFZ (MBI).

 

Research at the MBI aims to improve diagnostic methods and treatment planning based on imaging technologies such as computer tomography, magnetic resonance tomography, and ultrasound. To this end, we are translating two-dimensional images into interactive three- or four-dimensional visualizations.

 

The present focus of our work is liver surgery planning and the development of diagnostic methods for heart disease. In the process, we are closely collaborating with the Heidelberg University Clinics and various engineering institutes.

 

To facilitate the integration of different kinds of imaging software into clinical practice, we are developing special communication interfaces and applications for telemedicine.

 

Another project group of our division is developing computer-assisted simulation methods for visualizing cell growth and differentiation, e.g., during organ development.

MITK as Research Platform

The Medical Imaging Interaction Toolkit (MITK) is a free open source software (FOSS) platform for medical image analysis. MITK aims at providing support for efficient software-development of methods and applications dealing with medical images. The scope of the MITK application is broad, compromising the implementation and evaluation of custom research work, e.g. algorithms, to the development of entire solutions for clinical studies or commercial use.

 

MITK is not limited to medical image processing tasks supporting medical diagnosis, but can also be used to support the development of therapy planning, and imaged-guided therapy applications.

 

MITK can be used at three distinct levels to meet the above requirements:

 

  • At the toolkit level MITK supplements the de-facto standards Insight Toolkit (ITK) and Visualization Toolkit (VTK) with concepts for interactive applications, such as a central data repository, synchronized 2D and 3D rendering of this repository, interactive manipulation of images or derived data, and a set of useful GUI widgets.

 

  • At the application framework level MITK offers an infrastructure for end-user applications based on the OSGi inspired C++ component framework openCherry. This application framework can be easily configured for your own special requirements and extended with plugins at all levels of the application.

 

  • At the application level MITK is distributed with an application called MITK 3M3, which allows medical end-users to perform regular image processing tasks such as visualization of 3D and 3D+t images, rigid and deformable fusion (registration) of multiple image volumes, or interactive organ segmentation.

 

MITK is actively developed by researchers and engineers of Mint Medical and of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg. MITK and MITK based applications are used by industrial companies, technical and clinical research groups, and physicians world-wide.

 

The MITK team encourages users of MITK applications and the platform to improve our software by means of our public mailing list, an open bug tracking system, and a public overview of the continuous integration process.