close Introduction
what is MIND
about this manual
Installation of MIND

open Glossary
Glossary of our product

open Background
Info on DICOM, CTN and other libraries

open GUI
Your first MIND session.

open Commands
Index of MIND commands

open Project Page
MIND team Project page

open Related Links
Outside pages relating to DICOM, CTN and other related pages.

The MIND Project Description

There is a standard medical image communications protocol called DICOM. The MR, CT, and other medical imaging devices at UNC (along with medical databases all over the nation) "speak dicom" and there exists a central archive system that supports queries and retrieves. In order to access this archive, doctors must use a public domain library, CTN, in order to access the database. While providing a solid starting point, this library lacks needed functionality in several areas. One obvious point is that patient data can only be accessed at the "study" level. A study can, and regularly does, consist of close to 300 DICOM files, containing approximately 700 fields apiece. The MIND project hopes to, among other things, develop a method by which lower levels of the database can be accessed.

The MIND Project proposes to build a higher level, more abstract library in C++, which would in essence be a wrapper to CTN. Primary requirements include:
    an intuitive GUI:
      based on FLTK
      cross-platform - Windows and X-Windows
      provisions for image viewing
    methods to convert between a number of image formats
    an ability to access the database in smaller groups

Other possible features could include image manipulation, featuring scaling, zooming, and 3D volumetric rendering, as well as a C wrapper to the library which would provide integration with MatLab and AVS.