2013 Summer Project Week:Patient hierarchy

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Key Investigators

  • Queen's: Csaba Pinter, Andras Lasso
  • Isomics: Steve Pieper


Discussing the progress about the Patient Hierarchy module and implement further enhancements and utilisations.

Approach, Plan

The approach is to have a mechanism that maps the DICOM hierarchy to be used within Slicer. This involves visualizing and editing the loaded DICOM hierarchy, connecting the data objects that are connected on a DICOM level, and utilizing this knowledge for the widest imaginable manner.

The plan for the project week is to give a short demo of the current functionality and solicit feedback, then continuing to work on implementation.

Consider renaming options for this feature ('patient' being inappropriate for mice, for example). "Subject Hierarchy" is a current candidate name.


  • Patient Hierarchy module shows the hierarchy, enables reparenting and adding from outside the Patient Hierarchy. Also facilitates grouped toggling of visualization, deformation, and exporting
  • Some steps toward utilization of Patient Hierarchy has been implemented (SlicerRT #278)
  • Roadmap and plan for generalizing to Subject Hierarchy and its integration into Slicer core

Delivery Mechanism

This work will be delivered to the NA-MIC Kit as a Slicer Loadable Module inside the SlicerRT extension. In the long term, integrating this functionality in the Slicer core would be desirable.