We started this webpage as two frustrated graduate students struggling to understand the complex world of 3D Slicer! Our objective is to bring together and present key concepts in 3D Slicer module development with a focus on image-guided interventions in a simple way. We hope that this blog will reduce the learning curve and eliminate the fear of development with 3D Slicer for beginners. We are members of the Virtual Augmentation and Simulation for Surgery and Therapy (VASST) lab at Robarts Research Institute at Western University. This lab focuses on developing virtual and augmented reality image guidance system to complement the traditional surgical field of view with additional information. Most of our software development for these systems is done using 3D Slicer because of its great community support and readily available tools and modules that can be used and built upon.



Leah Groves, MESc Candidate, Robarts Research Institute, School of Biomedical Engineering, Western University
Golafsoun Ameri, PhD, Robarts Research Institute, Western University  


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Many people supported us throughout the development of this blog making significant contributions to the content. We would like to specifically thank:
Adam Rankin, PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering Adam is an experienced 3D Slicer developer who taught us integral slicer concepts and assisted us in the development of Slicer modules for our own research projects. His assistance and expertise continued through the development of this blog as he provided insightful feedback and helped clarify complex concepts.
Patrick Carmahan, (Hons) BSc, Computer Science Patrick provided insight into the 3D Slicer architecture, presenting high level concepts in simple language.
Elvis Chen and Terry Peters Elvis and Terry supported us throughout this project and provided invaluable feedback on the content.
The Virtual Augmentation and Simulation for Surgery and Therapy (VASST) lab