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Lookup NU author(s): Dr Janet Kerwin,
Emerita Professor Susan Lindsay
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Background: Many three-dimensional (3D) images are routinely collected in biomedical research and a number of digital atlases with associated anatomical and other information have been published. A number of tools are available for viewing this data ranging from commercial visualization packages to freely available, typically system architecture dependent, solutions. Here we discuss an atlas viewer implemented to run on any workstation using the architecture neutral Java programming language. Results: We report the development of a freely available Java based viewer for 3D image data, descibe the structure and functionality of the viewer and how automated tools can be developed to manage the Java Native Interface code. The viewer allows arbitrary re-sectioning of the data and interactive browsing through the volume. With appropriately formatted data, for example as provided for the Electronic Atlas of the Developing Human Brain, a 3D surface view and anatomical browsing is available. The interface is developed in Java with Java3D providing the 3D rendering. For efficiency the image data is manipulated using the Woolz image-processing library provided as a dynamically linked module for each machine architecture. Conclusion: We conclude that Java provides an appropriate environment for efficient development of these tools and techniques exist to allow computationally efficient image-processing libraries to be integrated relatively easily. © 2005 Feng et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Author(s): Feng G, Burton N, Hill B, Davidson D, Kerwin JM, Scott M, Lindsay S, Baldock R
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: BMC Bioinformatics
Print publication date: 09/03/2005
ISSN (electronic): 1471-2105
Publisher: BioMed Central
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