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For the latest Slicer documentation, visit the 4.10 page.

Charting was introduced to Slicer 4 in February of 2012


3D Slicer is a cross platform desktop application for

  • image visualization and
  • image processing
  • 3D Slicer is a free, open source package available as an executable for multiple operating systems (Windows, MAC, Linux).
  • Computers running 3d Slicer need enough memory and graphics capabilities to hold both the original data and the processing results in their memory.

Recommended Hardware Configuration

  • Memory: more than 4GB (8 or more are recommended).
  • Display: a minimum resolution of 1024 by 768 (1280 by 1024 or better is recommended).
  • Dedicated graphics hardware and memory (1GB is recommended).
  • Many computations in Slicer are multi-threaded and will benefit from multi core, multi CPU configurations.
  • Interface device: a three button mouse with scroll wheel is recommended. For other devices, see here for "how to".
  • Internet connection to access online documentation of modules and tutorials

Recommended OS versions

  • Windows 7 64bit
  • Mac OS X Lion
  • Linux: recent versions of popular distributions should work. Ubuntu and Fedora are the most widely used distribution among the developers.

Examples of Working Configurations

Feb 2012

The entries below are hardware/OS combinations which will work with the downloaded executable for the current Slicer 4 release. This are just examples of working configurations.

  • Apple: 15-inch MacBook Pro, 2.3 Ghz Intel Core i7, 8GB Memory, AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1024MB, Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3
  • Windows: Generic Desktop, 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7, 16GB Memory, AMD Radeon HD 5700, Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
  • Linux: Dell Precision m4500, Quad-Core Intel Core i7, 16GB Memory, NVIDIA® Quadro® FX 880M, Ubuntu 10.10