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Summary What is 3D Slicer Slicer 4.6 Highlights Slicer Training Slicer Extensions Other Improvements, Additions & Documentation


The community of Slicer developers is proud to announce the release of Slicer 4.6.

The development of Slicer, including its numerous modules, extensions, datasets, patches sent on user and developer lists, issues reports, suggestions, ... is made possible by awesome users, developers, contributors, commercial partners from around the world and also invaluable grants and funding agencies.

For more details, see Acknowledgments page.

  • Slicer 4.6 introduces
    • Close to 700 feature improvements and bug fixes have resulted in improved performance and stability
    • Dozens of new and improved core modules and extensions
  • Click here to download Slicer 4.6 for different platforms and find pointers to the source code, mailing lists and the bug tracker.
  • Please note that Slicer continues to be a research package and is not intended for clinical use. Testing of functionality is an ongoing activity with high priority, however, some features of Slicer are not fully tested.
  • The Slicer Training page provides a series of tutorials and data sets for training in the use of Slicer.
  • is the portal to the application, training materials, and the development community.

What is 3D Slicer

3D Slicer is:

  • A software platform for the analysis (including registration and interactive segmentation) and visualization (including volume rendering) of medical images and for research in image guided therapy.
  • A free, open source software available on multiple operating systems: Linux, MacOSX and Windows
  • Extensible, with powerful plug-in capabilities for adding algorithms and applications.

Features include:

  • Multi organ: from head to toe.
  • Support for multi-modality imaging including, MRI, CT, US, nuclear medicine, and microscopy.
  • Bidirectional interface for devices.

There is no restriction on use, but Slicer is not approved for clinical use and intended for research. Permissions and compliance with applicable rules are the responsibility of the user. For details on the license see here

Citing Slicer

To acknowledge 3D Slicer as a platform, please cite the Slicer web site ( and the following publication:

Fedorov A., Beichel R., Kalpathy-Cramer J., Finet J., Fillion-Robin J-C., Pujol S., Bauer C., Jennings D., Fennessy F., Sonka M., Buatti J., Aylward S.R., Miller J.V., Pieper S., Kikinis R. 3D Slicer as an Image Computing Platform for the Quantitative Imaging Network. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 2012 Nov;30(9):1323-41. PMID: 22770690.

Slicer 4.6 Highlights

Slicer Training

The Slicer Training page provides a series of updated tutorials and data sets for training in the use of Slicer 4.6.

The first hands-on training and showcase events using Slicer 4.6 will be organized at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, NY and the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA 2016), Chicago, Il.

Slicer Extensions

Improved Extensions in Slicer 4.6

  • Improved SlicerProstate extension.
    • improved reporting of DWI model fit diagnostics
    • refactoring of the code to separate functionality common to mpReview and SliceTracker extensions into a reusable library

Extensions removed from Slicer 4.6

Extensions renamed

Other Improvements, Additions & Documentation




Data processing




Python scripting




Slice viewers




For Developers

Modules and Extensions

Slicer Core

Looking at the Code Changes

From a git checkout you can easily see the all the commits since the time of the 4.5.0-1 release:

git log v4.5.0-1..HEAD

To see a summary of your own commits, you could use something like:

git log v4.5.0-1..HEAD  --oneline --author=me

see the git log man page for more options.

Commit stats and full changelog

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