MICCAI 2017 Tutorial

Translation of algorithms in the operating room for clinical research

Date: September 10, (morning-only)

Time: 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: to be confirmed

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Time Title Presenters
8:00 Introduction Dr. Tamas Ungi
8:10 Keynote presentation Dr. James Drake
8:40 Interfacing with hardware devices (PLUS software) Dr. Andras Lasso
9:00 The present and future of OpenIGTLink communication protocol Dr. Junichi Tokuda
9:15 Hands-on tutorial, part 1 (hardware configurations and calibration)
10:00 Refreshments
10:30 Hands-on tutorial, part 2 (registration, visualization, real-time interfaces)
12:15 Concluding remarks, questions and discussion
12:30 Adjourn


The objective of this tutorial is to provide hands-on experience in building surgical navigation systems for a variety of clinical research applications, using open-source software, with no (or minimal) coding background.

Attendees will gain system building experience within clinical application areas. This year’s theme is translation of algorithms to the operating room. The motivation for this course topic is that many published algorithms are not translated to clinical environments, therefore, their real benefit to patients is not fully explored. Skills and procedures required for clinical translation are significantly different from those required for algorithm development. To facilitate clinical translation, free, open-source platforms have been developed for making algorithms usable for physicians.

The tutorial will consist of two sessions. In the first session, invited speakers will give an overview about these resources, and they will talk about their vision for the future of open-source tools in clinical research. In the second session, the audience will build a working brain surgery navigation system using devices provided by the organizers.

The speakers will (1) address common issues that prevent clinicians from engaging in research of new technologies, (2) discuss the translation of open-source in clinical applications, and (3) give real-world examples of interfacing experimental and clinical systems. In the hands-on component, using their own laptop computers, participants will interface with hardware devices using a common application framework and build a surgical navigation system for brain tumor surgery. Software tools include the PLUS toolkit (www.plustoolkit.org) for interfacing various hardware devices, 3D Slicer (www.slicer.org) for creating user interface and data visualization, and the SlicerIGT extension (www.slicerigt.org) for real time navigation modules.

Presenters and instructors

  • Dr. James Drake, Hospital of Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Dr. Junichi Tokuda, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
  • Dr. Andras Lasso, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada
  • Thomas Vaughan, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada
  • Dr. Tamas Ungi, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada

toolkit for navigated interventions