PRETUS: A plug-in based platform for real-time ultrasound imaging research

Gomez A, Zimmer VA, Wheeler G, Toussaint N, Deng S, Wright R, Skelton E, Matthew J, Kainz B, Hajnal J, Schnabel J (2022)

Publication Type: Journal article, Original article

Publication year: 2022


Book Volume: 17

Article Number: 100959

DOI: 10.1016/j.softx.2021.100959


We present PRETUS — a Plugin-based Real Time UltraSound software platform for live ultrasound image analysis and operator support. The software is lightweight; functionality is brought in via independent plug-ins that can be arranged in sequence. The software allows to capture the real-time stream of ultrasound images from virtually any ultrasound machine, applies computational methods and visualizes the results on-the-fly. Plug-ins can run concurrently without blocking each other. They can be implemented in C++ and Python. A graphical user interface can be implemented for each plug-in, and presented to the user in a compact way. The software is free and open source, and allows for rapid prototyping and testing of real-time ultrasound imaging methods in a manufacturer-agnostic fashion. The software is provided with input, output and processing plug-ins, as well as with tutorials to illustrate how to develop new plug-ins for PRETUS.

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Gomez, A., Zimmer, V.A., Wheeler, G., Toussaint, N., Deng, S., Wright, R.,... Schnabel, J. (2022). PRETUS: A plug-in based platform for real-time ultrasound imaging research. SoftwareX, 17.


Gomez, Alberto, et al. "PRETUS: A plug-in based platform for real-time ultrasound imaging research." SoftwareX 17 (2022).

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