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Front Neuroinform. 2017 Mar 27;11:22. doi: 10.3389/fninf.2017.00022. eCollection 2017.

The Open Anatomy Browser: A Collaborative Web-Based Viewer for Interoperable Anatomy Atlases.

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1
Surgical Planning Laboratory, Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School Boston, MA, USA.
2
Surgical Planning Laboratory, Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBoston, MA, USA; Mathematics - Computing and Information Technology, Ecole Centrale LyonLyon, France.
3
Surgical Planning Laboratory, Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBoston, MA, USA; Fraunhofer MEVISBremen, Germany.

Abstract

The Open Anatomy Browser (OABrowser) is an open source, web-based, zero-installation anatomy atlas viewer based on current web browser technologies and evolving anatomy atlas interoperability standards. OABrowser displays three-dimensional anatomical models, image cross-sections of labeled structures and source radiological imaging, and a text-based hierarchy of structures. The viewer includes novel collaborative tools: users can save bookmarks of atlas views for later access and exchange those bookmarks with other users, and dynamic shared views allow groups of users can participate in a collaborative interactive atlas viewing session. We have published several anatomy atlases (an MRI-derived brain atlas and atlases of other parts of the anatomy) to demonstrate OABrowser's functionality. The atlas source data, processing tools, and the source for OABrowser are freely available through GitHub and are distributed under a liberal open source license.

KEYWORDS:

WebGL; anatomy atlases; collaborative software; format standardization; open data; open-source software; visualization

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