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project : OSMIA


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Description

Open Source Medical Image Analysis (OSMIA) is a project designed to provide an open source software development environment for medical image analysis research in order to facilitate the free and open exchange of ideas and techniques with minimum effort. Image analysis is an invaluable field of medical technology, advances in which have transformed many areas of medical diagnosis and treatment. The development of medical imaging software is almost exclusively a commercial endeavour restricting access to source code thus inhibiting dissemination and duplication of results. A free distribution of code would give researchers the opportunity to recreate experiments, evaluate techniques and interact with a like-minded community. These concepts resonate with the ideals of scientific research.

The majority of research is conducted with short term objectives, because of this practical results are lost and expertise is not retained or cannot be utilised. Encapsulating the work of individual projects in a widely used open environment would greatly improve the robustness of such work by virtue of a support community. This gives a greater chance of increasing the longevity of the work beyond the lifetime of the relevant funding.

Using TINA as its basis we aim to establish OSMIA as the environment of choice for researchers into medical image analysis. TINA's current distribution does not contain some of the important attributes expected of open source software therefore our major aim is to address a number of issues in order to increase the ease of adoption and to attract the largest possible number of users to OSMIA. The main issues are:-
a) The setting up of a centralised access point for source code distribution and contribution, supporting a number of access protocols (HTTP, FTP, CVS and RSYNC).
b) The establishing of a community framework and the provision of an infrastructure to allow effective communication for external developers so that they can contribute to the libraries. We will also be maintaining any documentation and support material, such as example data sets and demonstrations.
c) The promotion and dissemination of OSMIA both electronically and at academic/industrial conferences and exhibitions throughout Europe.

In order to promote the algorithms within OSMIA to commercial organisations we are working in conjunction with a commercial partner, Voxar. They are producing a compatible system for their medical image visualisation software, Plug'n'View 3D (PnV). These interfaces will enable PnV to become a clinical front-end to functionality in an open source research environment. The specifications and code for the OSMIA interface will be integrated as open source and will therefore be available to other organisations who wish to develop similar interfaces. Voxar will promote the use of OSMIA as a development environment to appropriate customers by including distributions with special releases of their software.
 
Contacts

Project Managers Neil Thacker email: n.thacker@man.ac.uk
Tony Lacey email: a.lacey@man.ac.uk
 
Collaborators

These organisations are involved in this project working with us on the areas outlined below:-
[Voxar] Industrial exploitation trials of TINA
Development of image analysis server utilising TINA as processing engine.
[Dublin City University] Research useability trails of TINA
Integration of TINA as Java image analysis system, NeatVision.
[University of Western Ontario] Research useability trails of TINA
Extension of TINA motion analysis systems.
 
Funding

EU IST Program (IST-2001-4.3.3 Free Software: Towards Critical Mass) Project Number: IST-2001-34512
 
Software
 
Documents

Document Date File
Technical Project Description (Proposal) April 2002 pdf
 

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