2014 Project Week:TCIA Browser Extension in Slicer

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Key Investigators

  • BWH: Alireza Mehrtash, Andrey Fedorov, Ron Kikinis
  • Isomics: Steve Pieper
  • NCI Imaging Program: Justin Kirby, John Freymann

Project Description

The Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA) hosts a large collection of Cancer medical imaging data which is available to public [1]. The goal of this project is to develop a Slicer module in order to retrieve the medical images hosted at TCIA and visualize them in 3D Slicer.


  • Create a scripted Slicer module for browsing TCIA collections and loading images into Slicer scene.

Approach, Plan

  • Study the latest changes in TCIA API [3] and update the current module prototype.
  • Discuss about the module functionality and UI design.
  • Review the desired interactions of module with Slicer DICOM database.
  • Review the different methods for displaying and organizing query results.


  • We developed a scripted module for Slicer which can be used to connect to TCIA archive, browse the data, download and load into Slicer scene.
  • The module is finalized and is ready to be published as a Slicer extension.