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Minc - Medical Image NetCDF INTRODUCTION ------------ The Minc file format is a highly flexible medical image file format built on top of the NetCDF generalized data format. The format is simple, self-describing, extensible, portable and N-dimensional, with programming interfaces for both low-level data access and high-level volume manipulation. On top of the libraries is a suite of generic image-file manipulation tools. The format, libraries and tools are designed for use in a medical-imaging research environment : they are simple and powerful and make no attempt to provide a pretty interface to users. Here's a list of some of the tools: * rawtominc, minctoraw, mincextract - format conversion * mincheader, mincdiff, mincinfo, minchistory - file information * mincedit, minc_modify_header - header manipulation * mincresample - arbitrary volume resampling * mincreshape - extraction of volume sub-cubes, image flipping, dimension re-ordering, type conversion * mincconcat - concatenating or interleaving images from multiple files * mincmath - perform simple math on files * minccalc - perform more complicated math on files through an expression * mincaverage - average minc files * mincstats - calculate statistics across voxels of a file * minclookup - lookup table operations for arbitrary re-mappings of intensities * worldtovoxel, voxeltoworld - coordinate conversion * xfmconcat, xfminvert - generalized transformation utilities * mincview - simple image display using xv or ImageMagick * mincpik - generate picture from slice through volume Additional tools are available from the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI). These include register, a program designed for manual, landmark-based volume registration using a tri-plane interface that allows the user to roam simultaneously through two data volumes plus the combined volume that overlays the data of the other two. Emma is a minc interface to matlab (from The MathWorks) with functions to facilitate image processing and display. Mni_autoreg provides automated registration, both linear and nonlinear. GETTING MINC ------------ The minc package is available from http://www.bic.mni.mcgill.ca/software/distribution/ Minc requires that the NetCDF package be built and installed first. It is available through anonymous ftp from the Unidata Program centre at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (unidata.ucar.edu). For building and installation instructions, refer to the files INSTALL.minc and INSTALL.