Introduction to MINC
MINC (Medical Image NetCDF) is built on the general data format NetCDF
(from the UCAR - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research).
When programming with MINC, there are a number of levels to deal with:
You can download the source code for the latest version of MINC
- NetCDF is the basis of it
all, providing a C and Fortran callable library for accessing data
structures in a file at a low-level. Two applications exist for
dumping data to text (ncdump) and
converting that text back into a NetCDF file
- The low-level MINC library (again C and Fortran callable) is used
with NetCDF routines to do medical-image specific things. It provides
some enhancements to NetCDF (automatic type conversion, for example),
as well as image conversion routines for dealing with image pixel
value issues as well as image size and orientation. Documentation
consists of a
programmer's guide and a
- A high-level C library called volume_io provides a Volume data
type, with functions like input_volume to give simple access to data
while handling issues of pixel range conversion and voxel-to-world
coordinate conversion. There is no documentation for this, but the
source lives in ~neelin/src/file/minc/progs/volume_io or in
~david/MNI_release (this is the original but contains much more than
the volume_io stuff). An example program exists in ~david/MNI_release
- Generic MINC applications. All
MINC applications should take the -help option for a listing of options.
Man pages exist for all of the standard MINC programs.
- Specific MINC applications like
register (for displaying
one or two minc volumes and doing point tagging) and postf (display
minc images). A man page exists for register and postf has -help
option (for options) and a -describe option for some details.