What is MINC?

MINC is a flexible, multi-modal format for medical imaging data, as well as a set of programming libraries and tools for manipulating and visualizing MINC files. MINC was conceived and developed for the medical imaging research community by Peter Neelin in 1992, based on the NetCDF data format. Since 2006, MINC 2.0 provides support for multi-gigabyte datasets using the HDF5 data format. The MINC 2.0 libraries and tools are backward compatible with the MINC 1.0 format.

Unique features


  • Flexible support for spatial coordinates, including irregularly spaced sampling grids.
  • Supports multiresolution images to provide low-resolution thumbnails over network connections, e.g.
  • Per-slice data scaling to maintain full dynamic range in the original voxel precision.
  • Extensible, self-documenting header can easily incorporate arbitrary provenance information (e.g. DICOM headers).
  • History attribute tracks successive processing stages (try minchist file.mnc).
  • High- and medium level interface with C that supports new tool development (e.g. basic input/output, type conversion, voxel scaling, general transformation).

The MINC 2.0 library and tools are actively supported and maintained by developers in several image research labs around the world.

Visit WIKIminc for instructions and Documentation
Contact : minc-users@bic.mni.mcgill.ca

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