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Introduction and Acknowledgements

Author(s)/Contributor(s): Wendy Plesniak (SPL, BWH), Ron Kikinis (SPL, BHW), Jean-Christophe Fillion-Robin (Kitware), Steve Pieper (Isomics Inc.), Sonia Pujol (SPL, BHW)
Acknowledgements: This work is part of the Alliance for Medical Image Computing (NA-MIC), funded by the National Institutes of Health through the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, Grant U54 EB005149.
Contact: Wendy Plesniak, <email></email>
Surgical Planning Laboratory (SPL)  
Isomics, Inc.  
Kitware, Inc.  
National Alliance for Medical Image Computing (NA-MIC)  
Neuroimage Analysis Center (NAC)  

Module Description

Slicer's Welcome Module is provided to introduce new users to Slicer's basic functionality, and to provide pointers to additional useful resources.



Please visit the Slicer4 training page for more detailed training using Slicer4.

Panels and their use

Load Panel


This panel, which is always open, contains quick access to interfaces to:

  • Load DICOM datasets
  • Load datasets of other types (such as polygonal models)
  • Open the Extension Manager
  • Download sample datasets from the internet
  • Open Slicer settings

About Panel

This panel contains information about 3D Slicer, including license information.

The Main Window Panel

In this panel, a broad overview of Slicer's Application Interface is provided. Below, an image of part of this panel's information is provided.


Loading and Saving Panel

The Load & Save panel describes the MRML format, and various options for loading and saving scenes and individual datasets. Below is a vignette of the Load & Save panel.


Display Panel

This panel contains information about the adjusting display of scenes and data, configuring application layout, and saving screen snapshots and scene configurations of interest. Below is a vignette of the Display panel.


Mouse & Keyboard Panel

The Mouse & Keyboard panel describes the use of mouse and keyboard to perform basic interactive operations in Slicer including adjusting the display of data and manipulating the 3D scene on Windows, Mac and Linux using a one- two- and three-button mouse.


Documentation & Tutorials Panel

This panel provides links to additional information of interest.