2013 Summer Project Week:Biomedical Image Computing Teaching Modules

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Key Investigators

  • Autonomous University of the State of Mexico : Adriana Vilchis-Gonzalez, Juan-Carlos Avila-Vilchis
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School: Sonia Pujol


This idea focuses on the use of 3D-Slicer as a teaching support on medical images treatment comparing it with other software as Matlab, JImage, OpenCV, ImageMagic or with some programming languages as Java or C#. The first interest is to use 3D-Slicer to perform image processing tasks for the development of medical image analysis applications. At this stage, the use of libraries is preferred to the high level programming process. Some of the topics that will be reviewed and worked are acquisition, compression and image storage, as well as, transformations and filtering. The use of 3D-Slicer for medical images analysis will be promoted with medical bioengineering students to perform segmentation and organ recognition or 3D organ modelling and visualization. In the virtual reality area we will explore the use of 3D-Slicer with surgical simulators or augmented reality. Another point that is considered in this context is the use of 3D-Slicer libraries to solve particular problems in hospitals.

Approach, Plan

First of all we need to know 3D Slicer to identify the software modules and their function as well as the programming languages that are used to develop specific modules (C++ and Phyton) and particular libraries as VTK or ITK. The use of tutorials to understand 3D Slicer is necessary. Finally, we will define the scope of the courses where 3D Slicer will be used.


Talking with Hans Johnson, Sonia Pujol and Josh Cates we find out a way to used 3D slicer for teaching, biomedical enginnering students and to use it in clinical applications. We understand how 3D Slicer works and we have defined the scope of the medical image treatment course that will be given at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico. We know now how we can use 3D-slicer as a tool for biomedical engineering students.