NCI’s Open Source Workstation

The eXtensible Imaging Platform™ (XIP™) project is an open source environment for rapidly developing medical imaging applications from an extensible set of modular elements. Researchers will be able to easily develop and evaluate new approaches to medical imaging problems, and use them in a translational research setting.

The applications developed with the XIP™ tools and libraries can either run stand-alone, or as Hosted Applications utilizing the DICOM Application Hosting interfaces being defined by DICOM WG-23.  The XIP™ project includes an open source reference implementations of the those interfaces, as well as a clinical research oriented Hosting System for running such Hosted Applications.

In addition to traditional DICOM network interfaces, the XIP Host™ is caGrid™ capable, making it possible for users to choose between remotely hosted grid based components and data sources as well as locally available sources.

These caGrid™ capabilities come through use of the Imaging Middleware tools.

The XIP project also includes tools for creating and utilizing AIM objects, and provides a ‘visual programming’ paradigm for the popular ITK and VTK packages.

For an overview of the XIP project, see the XIP poster from AMIA 2008 on Washington University's Electronic Radiology Lab posters page.

For a general overview of DICOM Application Hosting and its relationship to the XIP project, see this presentation made at RSNA 2008.

For more details of coming features in the XIP Builder and library, see this presentation from Siemens Corporate Research shown at RSNA 2008.

XIP™ is a development project sponsored in part by the In Vivo Imaging (IMAG) Workspace, part of the National Cancer Institute's initiative to link members of the cancer community, known as caBIG™. The primary collaborators for this project are the Electronic Radiology Lab at Washington University’s Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology and Siemens Corporate Research, Inc.