The MINC file format (conceived and developed by Peter Neelin in 1992) provides a flexible medical imaging data format. Since 2006, MINC2 provides support for multi-gigabyte datasets. MINC2 is backward compatible and supports the original MINC data (based on NetCDF data format)

Unique features

  • N-dimensional, Self-compressing and extensible (vectors, tensors, labels, complex voxels)
  • Stores multiresolution images (e.g. BigBrain), that are viewable over network
  • Self documenting (human readable) extensible file header and hierarchical data ordering
  • Capacity to include entire DICOM header
  • History attribute keeps track of successive processing (try minchist file.mnc)[ACARDEON, an example]
  • High- and medium level interface with C that enables high-level image manipulations (e.g. type conversion, simple operations, voxel resizing, general transformation)

The current MINC2 library and tools are maintained by a group of developers in various image research labs around the world.

Download (http://packages.bic.mni.mcgill.ca/minc-toolkit/)
Visit WIKIminc for instructions and Documentation (http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/MINC)
Contact minc-users@bic.mni.mcgill.ca or minc-developers@bic.mni.mcgill.ca