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Introduction and Acknowledgements

Author: Junichi Tokuda (BWH), Laurent Chauvin (BWH)
Contact: Junichi Tokuda <email></email>
License: Slicer license |- |


This work is supported by NA-MIC, NCIGT, and the Slicer Community. This work is partially supported by NIH R01CA138586 "A New Method For Improved Targeting in Image-Guided Abdominal Interventions" (PI: Nobuhiko Hata), P01-CA67165 "Image Guided Therapy" (PI: Clare M. Tempany)
The module has been developed based on ideas and feedback from the community. We would like to especially thank:

  • Dr. Matthew Jolley, M.D., Fellow in Pediatric Anesthesia / Pediatric Cardiology, Boston Children's Hospital.
  • Dr. Sumit Agrawal, MD, FRCS, Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Western Ontario.
  • Dr. Wei Wang, Ph.D., Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital.
  • Dr. Ron Kikinis, M.D. Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital.
  • Dr. Steve Pieper, Ph.D. Isomics, Inc.

Extension Description

CurveMaker is a simple scripted module to generate a 3D curve from a fiducial list. Curves between fiducial points are interpolated by vtkSplineFilter. The curve is dynamically updated as the fiducial list is modified (moved/added/deleted). The module is useful to draw lines in 3D space, or visualize tracked catheters.

Use Cases

  • Draw lines in 3D.
  • Visualization of catheters.
CurveMaker GUI and result of 3D curve.

Panels and their use

  • Parameters
    • Source points: The list of fiducial points on the curve
    • Curve model: The model of the curve.
    • Radius: The radius of the curve model.
    • Interpolation: The method to interpolate the fiducial points.
      • None: The points are connected by a straight line.
      • Cardinal Spline: The default method.
      • Hermite Spline: The same interpolation method as the Documentation/Nightly/Modules/Endoscopy module. Useful for visualizing the trajectory of the virtual endoscope.
    • Ring Mode (Added June 1, 2015): Generate a closed-loop. (NOTE: Ring Mode does not support Hermit Spline. Ring Mode "On" is disabled, when Hermit Spline is selected.)
    • Enable: Start updating the curve model based on the curve. While this check box is on, the curve model is automatically updated whenever the parameters are modified.
  • Measurements
    • Length: The length of the current curve is shown in millimeter.



The new features (Length, Distance, and Curvature) are available on nightly builds released on July 28 or later. First, open 3D Slicer: CurveMaker-2.0-3DSlicerScreen.png

Open the Slicer Extensions from the icon on the menu bar: CurveMaker-2.0-SlicerExtensions.png

Choose "Curve Maker" module from the list of extensions and click "INSTALL" button. CurveMaker-2.0-SlicerExtensions-Install.png

Once you restart 3D Slicer, the Curve Maker module should show up on the Modules menu (under Informatics->Curve Maker) CurveMaker-2.0-Slicer-ModulesMenu.png

Generate a curve from fiducial points

First, create a fiducial list. See the Markups module page for detail. File:CurveMaker-2.0-FiducialPoints.png

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Information for Developers

The code is available at Github.