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Cancer Care Ontario SparKit SparKit

Introduction and Acknowledgements

Authors: Csaba Pinter (PerkLab, Queen's University), Andras Lasso (PerkLab, Queen's University), Kevin Wang (Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Hospital, University Health Network Toronto)
Contributors: Greg Sharp (Massachusetts General Hospital), Steve Pieper (Isomics)

  • Csaba Pinter, <email></email>
  • Andras Lasso, <email></email>
  • Mailing list, <email></email> (need to register to Assembla using the email address from which the email is sent)
  • How to report an error

License: Slicer license
Download/install: install 3D Slicer, start 3D Slicer, open the Extension Manager, install the SlicerRT extension (see more details on the download page)

Extension Description

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  • SlicerRT is one of the themes of the SparKit (Software Platform and Adaptive Radiotherapy Kit) project with the goal of making 3D Slicer a powerful radiotherapy research platform.
    SparKit is a project funded by Cancer Care Ontarioand the Ontario Consortium for Adaptive Interventions in Radiation Oncology (OCAIRO) to provide free, open-source toolset for radiotherapy and related image-guided interventions.
  • The SlicerRT extension incorporates Plastimatch modules and algorithms.
  • Additional information for users can be found on the User's guide page


SlicerRT highlights

Use Cases

  • Comparison of dose maps and dose volume histograms from various treatment planning systems
  • Evaluation of the effect of different adaptive techniques (IGRT, image-based non-rigid patient motion compensation, etc.)
    • Calculate couch shift parameters for patient setup correction in IGRT
  • Dose accumulation with motion compensation
  • Testing of treatment planning algorithms
  • Calculation of PTV margin
  • Proton dose calculation
  • Gel dosimetry analysis
  • Treatment plan similarity measurement in the cloud
  • Batch structure set conversion


  • World Congress 2015 tutorial (recommended)
  • Summer NA-MIC week 2013 tutorial
    • Tutorial presentation: download from Slicer wiki
    • Sample data: download from MIDAS
  • ECR 2013 - Medical University Vienna workshop
    • Workshop material: download from
  • RSNA 2012 tutorial
  • Summer NA-MIC week 2012 tutorial
    • Tutorial presentation: download from the SlicerRT website
    • Sample data: download from the SlicerRT website

Similar Extensions

  • Plastimatch: SlicerRT and Plastimatch are complementary software libraries. Plastimatch focuses on delivering new computational methods radiotherapy, while SlicerRT aims for providing an easy-to-use interface for a wide range of stable, well-tested radiotherapy related features. SlicerRT uses Plastimatch internally for certain operations.
  • Gel Dosimetry: Slicelet facilitating a streamlined workflow to perform gel dosimetry analysis for commissioning linacs and evaluating new dose calculation procedures


How to cite

Please cite the following paper when referring to SlicerRt in your publication:
C. Pinter, A. Lasso, A. Wang, D. Jaffray and G. Fichtinger, "SlicerRT – Radiation therapy research toolkit for 3D Slicer", Med. Phys., 39(10) pp. 6332-6338, 2012

  author = {Pinter, C. and Lasso, A. and Wang, A. and Jaffray, D. and Fichtinger, G.},
  title = {SlicerRT – Radiation therapy research toolkit for 3D Slicer},
  journal = {Med. Phys.},
  year = {2012},
  volume = {39},
  number = {10},
  pages = {6332-6338},

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