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Slicer is an Open Source development project begun at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Surgical Planning Laboratory (SPL) at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Slicer is now in active research use at institutions around the world with contributing developers sponsored by a variety of governmental, commercial, and institutional funding sources.

MIT held the initial copyright to the source code (for Slicer 1.x and Slicer 2.0-2.3, 1999-2004), and has transferred copyright to BWH as of Slicer version 2.4, in 2005. BWH continues to administer the copyright, but as of the slicer license adopted for Slicer 2.6 and beyond, contributors explicitly retain ownership of their contributions (by making contributions to the slicer repository they are giving permission for BWH to distribute their code under the terms of the slicer license). The text of the copyright can be found here.

The SPL coordinates the ongoing development and hosts a wide range of clinical and development efforts using Slicer.

Funding Agencies and Major Projects

National Insitute of Health

National Center for Research Resources

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

National Cancer Institute

Neuroimaging Analysis Center P41 RR13218 (Kikinis)

National Alliance for Medical Image Computing U54 EB005149 (Kikinis)

National Center for Image Guided Therapy U54 RR019703 (Jolesz)

Biomedical Informatics Research Network U24 RR021382 (Rosen) and U24 RR021992 (Potkin)

United States Department of Defense

Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology


Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School Surgical Planning Lab

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Johns Hopkins University CISST

Georgia Institute of Technology

The Harvard Center for Neurodegeneration and Repair

The Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital

Kitware, Inc.

General Electric Global Research

Isomics, Inc.

The main individual contributors to this joint effort are listed below. If you have made a sigificant contribution to slicer development since this table was last updated, please make a further contribution by adding youself to this list :)

Area Contributors
Overall concept Ron Kikinis, Ferenc Jolesz, Eric Grimson, William Wells III
Major designer and implementer Dave Gering (1997-1999), Lauren O'Donnell (1999-), Steve Pieper (2001-)
Prototype Noby Hata (1997), Ron Kikinis
OpenMR interface Arya Nabavi (1998-1999), Ferenc Jolesz
Measurement tools William Lorensen (GE), Peter Everett (SPL), Krishna Yeshwant (SPL)
Robot simulation tools Noby Hata, Oliver Schorr
3D connectivity algorithm Andre Robatino
MI registration William Wells III
Virtual endoscopy tool Delphine Nain (MIT AI lab)
DICOM functionality, robot control, volume rendering Attila Tanacs (Johns Hopkins University)
Cryotherapy planning Torsten Butz (EPFL)
Architecture Michael Halle (SPL)
EMSegmenter Kilian Pohl (MIT AI lab)
Tetramesh, volumeMath, developer.tcl Samson Timoner (MIT AI lab)
Print header Mark Anderson (SPL)
Training and Download requests Marianna Jakab (SPL)
Model Hierarchies Arne Hans (SPL)
Application development Steven Haker (SPL)
Craniofacial Krishna Yeshwant (SPL)
FreeSurfer Volume Readers Kevin Teich (MGH), Nicole Aucoin (BWH)
Nightly Builds, Testing, QA Kathryn Hayes (BWH)
Training Materials Sonia Pujol (BWH)

We are sincerely thankful for the grants and fellowships supporting this project, and we wish to acknowledge them here.

Contributor Supporter
David Gering GE Medical Systems
Lauren O'Donnell National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Ron Kikinis NIH grants P41 RR13218, P01 CA67165, and R01 RR11747; ERC 9731748
Ferenc Jolesz NIH grants P41 RR13218 and P01 CA67165
William Wells III Whitaker Foundation Biomedical Engineering Research Grant
W. Eric L. Grimson NSF grant IIS-9610249, ERC 9731748
Attila Tanacs ERC 9731748
Kevin Teich NIH-NCRR grant 3 P41 RR14075-03S1