ITK/Release 4 Planning

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ITK Version 4

This work is supported by ARRA funding from the NLM. The kick-off meeting for this project took place from June 28-July 2 2010 in Bethesda. A beta version of the software will be available by the end of March 2011. Bug fixes will continue to be contributed to the ITK version 3 code.

Revision Control

Code Review

Modern C++

  • Take advantage of advances in C++
    • Target popular compilers that are compatible with the C++98 and/or C++03 standard (
    • Specifically remove support for Visual Studio prior to 7.1 (e.g., 6 and 7.0), Borland version 5.5, Sun Studio compilers prior to 5.9, IRIX compilers, MWORKS compilers, and gcc prior to 3.4


  • Improved ITK Wrapping at the class level (WrapITK)
    • Wrapping
    • Particularly for Python 2.x, Python 3, Java and C#



  • Refactor for Modularity
    • ITKCore, ITKRegistrationModule, and Optional Modules

Improve Software Process

  • Enhanced project management tools and software processes

Data Management

Testing Framework



Level Sets


  • Improved DICOM support
    • DICOM
    • Including communications with PACS
    • Support Streaming interface
    • Add filter to support Siemens MOSAIC images
    • Information Object Definition verification

Image Registration Framework



  • Add streaming for GPU-based data/methods
    • With support for distributed computing in the future

Wish List

Wish List

Migration Plan

Migration Plan

A2D2 Projects

A2D2 Projects

New Fields

ITKv4 will provide improved support for

Discussion Points

Discussion Points