Analyze Software System
Analyze is the product of more than 25 years of research, design and development at Mayo Clinic's Biomedical Imaging Resource (BIR). Since the early 1970's the BIR has been a world leader in the cutting edge design and implementation of computer-based techniques for the display and analysis of multidimensional biomedical images.
Analyze has matured into the most comprehensive, robust and productive software package available for 3D biomedical image visualization and analysis. The synergistic integration of comprehensive and generic tools for visualization, processing, and quantitative analysis of biomedical images in a highly operator-interactive, intuitive interface has allowed surgeons, physicians, and basic scientists to explore large multidimensional biomedical image volumes efficiently and productively.
Analyze is currently available on 5 Unix platforms, 6 windows platforms, and PC-based Linux operating systems. Functions that used to take several hours to perform, such as volume rendering, segmentation or surface generation, now take a matter of seconds. This increase in overall performance combined with overall price reductions in high-end hardware, has led to a dramatic increase in global Analyze usage over the past few years.
Analyze software system is entirely built upon a toolkit of optimized functions that are organized into a software development library called AVW. The AVW imaging library is a collection of over 600 functions that are accessible to software developers to build advanced image-based application solutions. Analyze is an integration of the full functionality represented in the AVW toolkit with an intuitive windows-based interface which makes it easy to learn and to use. The most important feature of Analyze is the paradigm in which it operates - a powerful software architecture that allows multiple volume images to be simultaneously accessed and processed by multiple programs in a multi-window interface. The user interface for Analyze is based on Tcl/Tk, which offers full compliance with interface standards across multivendor workstations and PCs.
Used by thousands of imaging researchers worldwide, Analyze represents a mature, feature-rich, tested and proven product with a long history and internationally recognized tradition of continuous innovative development and reliable support.
Analyze is designed to run on all modern workstation platforms and today’s powerful “PC” systems. The effectiveness of Analyze on these platforms without requiring special hardware has significantly contributed to its worldwide, multi-disciplinary distribution, acceptance and utilization. Analyze is supported on the following computer platforms:
Analyze can be used effectively for almost any conceivable image visualization and/or analysis task, independent of the source of the image data. It is not restricted to biomedical images, having been successfully used for image processing and analysis tasks in non-biomedical fields such as geology, archeology, meteorology and photography, to name a few. However, it has been and is most commonly used in and provides procedural support for the following biomedical imaging modalities:
Image File Formats
Analyze provides direct and automatic (user transparent) support for reading most standard computer image and picture formats, including the emergent DICOM standard for radiologic images. It also supports exporting (writing) image data in several of these formats. More formats are added continuously as they are identified and user demands dictate. For importing data of unknown format, a facility is provided in Analyze for users to generate their own format readers by designing a special template from a user-friendly fill-in-the-blanks program. The following is a list of supported formats:
Cad File Formats
Analyze provides support for writing common CAD formats. Additional formats are added continuously as they are identified and user demands dictate. The following is a list of supported formats:
Direct Collaboration With the Biomedical Imaging Resource
Our software is also made available to a limited number of qualified institutions and investigators who develop research collaborations with the Biomedical Imaging Resource. If you are an imaging researcher and are interested in developing an academic collaboration, please send a detailed proposal (uniqueness, relevance, specific aims, methods, expected results, mechanisms for collaboration, etc.) to the address below. The proposal will be reviewed for scientific merit and current relevance to our development and application goals. However, even meritorious proposals may not be accepted due to current emphasis, number of current collaborations and/or limited resources. Send proposals to:
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