3D Slicer

Recently, I attended Ron Kikinis' lecture on Slicer, and decided to advertise it a little. "Slicer, or 3D Slicer, is a free, open source software package for visualization and image analysis. 3D Slicer is natively designed to be available on multiple platforms, including Windows, Linux and Mac Os X." It is a very powerful tool for all kind of medical imaging work, distributed freely under BSD-style open source license. Several groups are using it for various projects, and the National Alliance for Medical Image Computing (NA-MIC) coordinates the development efforts. "NA-MIC was funded in September of 2004 after submission of an application in response to an RFA issued by NIH. The algorithm core develops and implements medical image computing algorithms using the NA-MIC Kit. The engineering core develops and maintains the NA-MIC Kit, a software platform designed to enable research. The driving biological projects use the tools provided by the algorithm and engineering cores to develop software solutions that further their biomedical research. The training and dissemination cores work on both internal and external outreach. The service core supports the virtualized IT infrastructure that enables all these activities in a distributed environment. The leadership core is responsible for the overall direction of the alliance."
The 3.6 stable version of Slicer was released more recently, featuring:
  • Improved Interactive Editor
  • New Color Module
  • Improved Volume Rendering
  • EM Segmenter, simple version
  • Fast Marching Segmentation
  • Robust Statistics Segmentation
  • New Registration module
  • New Slices module
  • Fiducial based tractography
  • Improved SceneSnapshot Screen Capture functionality
  • 4D Image Viewer
  • Compare View and Cross Hairs
You can download it here.


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