BrainIACS: A system for web-based medical image processing

Bhaskar Kishore, Pierre Louis Bazin, Dzung L. Pham

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We describe BrainIACS, a web-based medical image processing system that permits and facilitates algorithm developers to quickly create extensible user interfaces for their algorithms. Designed to address the challenges faced by algorithm developers in providing user-friendly graphical interfaces, BrainIACS is completely implemented using freely available, open-source software. The system, which is based on a client-server architecture, utilizes an AJAX front-end written using the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) and Java Servlets running on Apache Tomcat as its back-end. To enable developers to quickly and simply create user interfaces for configuring their algorithms, the interfaces are described using XML and are parsed by our system to create the corresponding user interface elements. Most of the commonly found elements such as check boxes, drop down lists, input boxes, radio buttons, tab panels and group boxes are supported. Some elements such as the input box support input validation. Changes to the user interface such as addition and deletion of elements are performed by editing the XML file or by using the system's user interface creator. In addition to user interface generation, the system also provides its own interfaces for data transfer, previewing of input and output files, and algorithm queuing. As the system is programmed using Java (and finally Java-script after compilation of the front-end code), it is platform independent with the only requirements being that a Servlet implementation be available and that the processing algorithms can execute on the server platform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2009
Subtitle of host publicationAdvanced PACS-based Imaging Informatics and Therapeutic Applications
StatePublished - Jun 19 2009
EventMedical Imaging 2009: Advanced PACS-based Imaging Informatics and Therapeutic Applications - Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States
Duration: Feb 11 2009Feb 12 2009

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


OtherMedical Imaging 2009: Advanced PACS-based Imaging Informatics and Therapeutic Applications
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLake Buena Vista, FL


  • Image processing
  • Java
  • Segmentation
  • Software
  • Web interfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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