Add function that loads MetaImage files #119
Motivation and Context
This addresses #98. The MetaImage file format is actively used by plenty of medical studies. The LUNA16 challenge is among them. Since LUNA16 was involved in kaggle DSB 2017 competition, therefore, it's into of our area of interest.
How Has This Been Tested?
The unit tests were created for each of introduced functions.
thanks for the pull request. I am currently pretty swamped with the last months in my PhD, so I didn't manage to finish my pull request in the last days.
Hi @tdraebing, thanks for your detailed review and suggestions. I've refactored the code, all rebased and stashed.
As it was claimed on the official page of LUNA16/data the dataset was made from LIDC/IDRI database via filtering out CT scans which slice thickness greater than 2.5 mm and may be other processing. The LIDC/IDRI database, in turn, consist of DICOM files and have Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Thus it's fine to use the LUNA16 data in a project.
I guess it will be a good idea to open a new issue dedicated to that task since it will lead to a quite cumbersome refactoring. @tdraebing, would you like to open it?