GIMIAS (Graphical Interface for Medical Image Analysis and Simulation) is a software framework designed to be an integrative tool for fast prototyping of medical applications. It is a workflow-oriented environment for advanced biomedical image computing and simulations, and it can be extended through the development of problem-specificplug-ins.
GIMIAS is particularly tailored to integrate tools from medical imaging, computational modeling, numerical methods and computer graphics to provide scientific developers and researchers with a software framework for building a wide variety of tools. Multi-modal image processing, personalized model creation, numerical simulation and visualization of simulation results are some of the possible applications for which GIMIAS has been designed. The aim of this framework is to combine tools from different areas of knowledge providing a framework for multi-disciplinary research and clinical study.
GIMIAS allows building medical prototypes for clinical evaluation, in the areas of medical image analysis, modeling and simulation. It simplifies the integration of tools needed to build new clinical workflows, and the use of common libraries for user interfaces, visualization, image processing, DICOM access etc, that are commonly used as standard in Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) research.
The prototypes developed on GIMIAS can be verified by end users in real scenarios and with real data at early development stages, thus reducing the time and effort required to get new concepts from research to the clinical environment.
GIMIAS provides a graphical user interface with all main data IO, visualization and interaction functions for images, meshes and signals. It includes additional tools for image segmentation, mesh editing, signal navigation and specific visualizations.See GIMIAS main features.
GIMIAS provides a simple Application Programming Interface (API) that allows developers to create their own tools as plug-ins that can be dynamically loaded and combined in different ways to create specific applications. GIMIAS API provides developers with standard services such as rendering, data access and advanced visualization of multi-modal imaging data, among others.
GIMIAS is built over widely used open source C++ based libraries like the Visualization Toolkit (VTK, suported by Kitware Inc.), the Insight Toolkit (ITK, also supported by Kitware Inc.), the DICOM Toolkit (DCMTK, supported by Offis in Germany), the Medical Imaging Interaction Toolkit (MITK, developed at Division of Medical Informatics, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ), Germany) and other commonly used C++ libraries (Boost, wxWidgets, CXXTest, among others).
GIMIAS is released under a BSD License to allow cooperation between different institutes and developers.