Center for Integrative Biomedical Computing

Volume Rendering Support for Slicer

Dr. Ron Kikinis

Surgical Planning Lab

This project is a collaboration between Center for Integrative Biomedical Computing and Dr. Ron Kikinis, Director of the Surgical Planning Lab (SPL) at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kikins and members of his lab actively develop, evalute, and refine segmentation and visualization algorithms to increase their practical utility for medical applications. His research interest in this technology collaboration is to incorporate advanced, interactive three-dimensional direct volume rendering techniques into the 3D Slicer (or simply 'Slicer') program. The addition of direct volume rendering into Slicer will complement the current display of discrete polygonal structures, by adding support for the simultaneous visualization of diffuse quantities, such as perfusion and PET data.

Dr. Ron Kikinis has done pioneering research in the integration of image processing and visualization into medical practice, including surgical planning, neurosurgury, endovascular intervention, as well as the study of psychiatric and neurologic diseases. This has been accomplished by bridging algorithms and technology from computer science with the needs of working medical systems. Areas of research have included segmentation, registration, and visualization.

Dr. Kikins has served as a member of several editorial boards, including Medical Image Analysis, Neuroimage, and Computer Aided Surgery, and has received numerous awards for his contributions in computational medicine.

Dr. Kikins founded the SPL in 1990, and has continuously fostered its growth into a premier, world-class institution for advanced computational medicine.