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OpenIGTLink is a commonly used communications standard that features in many image guided therapy applications. The standard facilitates the robust transmission and reception of medical data over a computer network. More information regarding the standard can be viewed on the OpenIGTLink homepage (

CustusX (, 3DSlicer ( and MITK ( are medical imaging toolkits that integrate the OpenIGTLink communication standard. In this work 3D Slicer was originally used to effectively visualise the position of the Anser system in a 3D environment. Full compatability with CustusX is the focus of current work.

Matlab compatability

The OpenIGTLink standard can be implemented in Matlab using the utility package provided by the PLUS Toolkit Matlab Utility package ( The package is maintained by the Laboratory for Percutaneous Surgery in Queens University, Ontario, Canada.