Astronomical Medicine Tools

The Astronomical Medicine team is unique in that we not only work on the development of visualization tools for astronomy and medicine, but we are active users of these tools and utilize them in our own research. So not only is our research improved, but we are active test users giving real-time feedback to the tools' development. The AM project is also developing prototypes to investigate new types of astronomy-specific visualization, interaction, and rendering techniques. These new ideas will be incorporated back into future 3D Slicer releases.

Also check-out our page of AM research projects and research background pages.

Software Index:

Primary Tools

3D Slicer

"3D Slicer Screenshot"

The 3D Slicer software package is AM's core tool for astronomical 3D data visualization. Originally designed for medical image analysis by the Surgical Planning Lab at Brigham and Women's Hospital, 3D Slicer has many capabilities that are uncommon in astronomy software such as 3D surface and volume rendering. Make sure to check out our research project page to see examples of the innovative astronomy research utilizing 3D Slicer. Thanks to AM's efforts, 3D Slicer now is one of the most versatile 3D data analysis tools for observational astronomy.

For more information, go to our 3D Slicer and Slicer 3 pages.

Project Lead: Michael Halle (SPL/IIC)

Contributors: Douglas Alan (IIC), Jens Kauffmann (IIC/CfA), Michelle Borkin (IIC), Alyssa Goodman (CfA), and Dr. Ron Kikinis (SPL/HMS).


fits2itk

We have created a stand-alone FITS reader for the purpose of reading astronomy data into medical applications, specifically 3D Slicer. The program, fits2itk, bridges the gap between data formats in the astronomical and medical communities. The present version translates FITS files into NRRD data, which then can be read into Slicer. The program is a command line program for Slicer 2, but is integrated into the GUI of Slicer 3.

For more information, go to our fits2itk page.

Project Lead: Douglas Alan (IIC)

Contributors: Michael Halle (SPL/IIC), Jens Kauffmann (IIC/CfA), and Michelle Borkin (IIC).


OsiriX

"OsiriX Screenshot"

OsiriX is a medical imaging program developed by Dr. Osman Ratib (UCLA) and Dr. Antoine Rosset (University of Geneva) in order to display and analyze large radiological data sets on a desktop computer. OsiriX, like 3D Slicer, is built on the ITK and VTK programming toolkits and takes advantage of Mac OS X specific graphical and computing capabilities. We have been utilizing this tool to visualize, specifically volume render, our astronomy data. (Note: OsiriX is developed by an external development team.)

For more information, go to our OsiriX page.


Prototypes

DendroStar

"DendroStar Screenshot"

DendroStar is an interactive applet for exploring dendrogram representations of spectral line data cubes. You can run it directly from a Java-enabled web browser without having to install any additional software.

For more information, go to our DendroStar page.

Project Lead: Douglas Alan (IIC)

Contributors: Alyssa Goodman (CfA), Erik Rosolowsky (CfA), Michelle Borkin (IIC), Jonathan Foster (CfA), Michael Halle (SPL/IIC), Jens Kauffmann (IIC/CfA), and Jaime Pineda (CfA).


AMView

"AMView Screenshot"

We use the AMView Prototype application to develop features that are intended to be later included into the more complex 3D Slicer package. This in particular includes:

This tool is presently not available to the public.

Project Lead: Michael Halle (SPL/IIC)

Contributors: Douglas Alan (IIC), Jens Kauffmann (IIC/CfA), and Michelle Borkin (IIC).


DendroVis

"DendroVis Screenshot"

DendroVis is an exploratory prototype application designed to explore hierarchical sementations of objects that are called "dendrograms". It is written in Java3D.

This tool is presently not available to the public.

Project Lead: Michael Halle (SPL/IIC)

Contributors: Douglas Alan (IIC), Jens Kauffmann (IIC/CfA), and Michelle Borkin (IIC).


SoftwareOverview (last edited 2008-05-26 18:36:46 by jkauffma)