2014 How about the Future

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The Scoop

  • Project week will continue.
  • 3D Slicer 4 will continue.


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

Slicer downloads by country and region

Slicer downloads by country and region

What we have accomplished

  • Created a vibrant scientific and engineering community in the field of Medical Image Computing (MIC).
  • Investigated novel algorithmic approaches: Particle systems, registration algorithms, segmentation algorithms, software engineering methodologies
  • 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
  • Comprehensive toolbox for the analysis of individual and population DTI data
  • The predominant shape analysis toolbox in the field/used in clinical papers(SPHARM-PDM)
  • A novel framework for modeling brain connectivity networks
  • Robust pipeline for processing clinical brain images
  • Automatic 4D segmentation of longitudinal brain MRI in severe TBI
  • Tract-oriented white matter analysis for subject-specific and population analysis
  • NAMIC researchers take lead in novel spatio-temporal image and shape analysis methodologies (Whitaker, Styner, Gerig, Tannenbaum and colleagues)

Where we go from here

  • Project week will continue to provide a venue for hands on multi-partner collaboration in a rich MIC software environment.
  • 3D Slicer 4 will continue to provide a stable platform as a target for plug-in development and distribution.
  • The remaining months of NA-MIC funding will be used to
    • Improve the stability of Slicer and simplify the submission of extensions.
    • Create a new batch of extensions
    • Improve documentation and create tutorials


  • Grants that will allow continued participation in the community after the NIH mandated sunset for NA-MIC in June 2014.
    • NAC funded through 2018. Ron Kikinis
    • QIICR funded through 2018. Ron Kikinis, Andrey Fedorov
    • "An Open Source Software for Proton Treatment Planning," NCI/Federal Share Grant C06-CA059267 funded through Dec 2014, Greg Sharp
    • 4DShape"4D Shape Analysis for Modeling Spatiotemporal Change Trajectories in Huntington's" (NINDS, 07/01/12- 06/30/15) PIs Gerig/Fletcher Utah, co-investigators Johnson/Paulsen Iowa
    • NA-MIC Collaboration R01 (NIDCR) on "Quantification of 3D Bony Changes in Temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis", PI Cevidanes/U Michigan, co-investigators Martin Styner/Beatriz Paniagua/UNC, Steve Piper
    • Several other grants are being worked on


  • 3D Slicer
  • Other packages and Slicer extensions
    • "MABS," an end-user software for multi-atlas segmentation, Greg Sharp
    • "SPHARM-PDM", an end-user software for shape analysis, also including group-wise based particle correspondence, Martin Styner
    • "DTIPrep", Comprehensive DWI/DTI QC tool, Martin Styner
    • "DTIAtlasBuilder", DTI co-registration and atlas building software, Martin Styner
    • "DTIAtlasFiberAnalyzer", DTI fiber profile statistics generation, Martin Styner
    • "FiberViewerLight", DTI fiber processing & clustering software, Martin Styner
    • "CARMA Cardiac MR Tookit", Cardiac MRI segmentation and quantification software, CARMA Center
    • "ABC: Atlas-based Classification", Automatic brain MRI processing pipeline, Prastawa/Gerig
    • "SlicerRT", adaptive radiation therapy data analysis, comparison, and visualization tools, Gabor Fichtinger
    • "SlicerIGT", image-guided therapy planning and guidance tools, Nobuhiko Hata, Gabor Fichtinger
    • "PerkTutor", training and skill assessment software for needle-based percutaneous interventions, Gabor Fichtinger
    • "MatlabBridge", tool for making available software developed in Matlab environment inside 3D Slicer, Gabor Fichtinger
    • "TransformVisualizer", software for quick visual assessment of registration results, Gabor Fichtinger