2014 How about the Future

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This page contains talking points for the opening session of the NA-MIC AHM 2014 (the last one).

What we have accomplished

  • Created an outstanding scientific and engineering community in the field of Medical Image Computing (MIC).
  • Investigated novel algorithmic approaches: Particle systems, registration algorithms, segmentation algorithms,
  • Created the NA-MIC kit, a free open source platform for MIC and the basis for 3D Slicer.
  • 3D Slicer is today a platform with worldwide impact.


  • Robust algorithms for segmentation in the face of anatomical variability: label fusion
  • A novel framework for modeling brain connectivity networks
  • Robust pipeline for processing clinical brain images

Where we go from here

  • Funding:
    • NIH mandated sunset for NA-MIC in June 2014.
    • NAC funded through 2018.
    • QIICR funded through 2018.
    • Several other grants are being worked on
  • Project weeks will continue, as long as there is continued interest by the community.
  • Slicer 4 will be maintained as a stable platform.
  • The remaining months of NA-MIC funding will be used to simplify the submission of extensions.