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Surgical Planning Laboratory, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging ISBI 2004
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Proc IEEE Int Symp Biomed Imaging. 2004 Apr; 632-5.
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P41 RR013218/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/United States
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Pieper S., Halle M., Kikinis R. 3D SLICER. Proc IEEE Int Symp Biomed Imaging. 2004 Apr; 632-5.
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To be applied to practical clinical research problems, medical image computing software requires infrastructure including routines to read and write various file formats, manipulate 2D and 3D coordinate systems, and present a consistent user interface paradigm and visualization metaphor. At the same time, research software needs to be flexible to facilitate implementation of new ideas. 3D Slicer is a project that aims to provide a platform for a variety of applications through a community-development model. The resulting system has been used for research in both basic biomedical and clinically applied settings. 3D Slicer is built on a set of powerful and widely used software components (Tcl/Tk, VTK, ITK) to which is added an application layer that makes the system usable by non-programmer end-users. Using this approach, advanced applications including image guided surgery, robotics, brain mapping, and virtual colonoscopy have been implemented as 3D Slicer modules. In this paper we discuss some of the goals of the 3D Slicer project and how the architecture helps support those goals. We also point out some of the practical issues which arise from this approach.

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