A recap of the 40th Slicer Project Week with SOFA Integration and more

Visualization of an unknown object using 3D Slicer.

In the recently concluded 40th Slicer Project Week, which took place from January 29th to February 2nd in Las Palmas, Spain, Kitware and our collaborators made significant contributions to improve the way medical professionals use 3D Slicer for visualization, simulation, and analysis. And along the way doing what Kitware does best – fostering an open source collaborative environment for innovation and progress.

Bringing together a diverse cohort of 204 participants from 29 countries, including more than 80 in-person attendees and a significant number of first-timers, the event saw intensive work on 66 projects.

Among the highlights of the event was the integration of Slicer with SOFA simulation software, led by Kitware’s Sam Horvath. This integration holds great promise for enhancing the capabilities of Slicer in medical simulation and training. Additionally, Kitware also provided assistance in developing augmented reality applications in Slicer, enabling users to interact with 3D models in a more immersive and intuitive manner. Another remarkable achievement was the compilation of VTK to run natively on the Nvidia Clara AGX developer kit by Shreeraj Jadhav, unlocking exciting possibilities for embedded system deployment in medical settings. This opens up exciting possibilities for compiling and deploying Slicer on embedded systems, making it even more accessible and versatile for medical professionals.

The event also featured a number of breakout sessions, including a session on the status of the Slicer platform led by Sam Horvath and one on the future of rendering in VTK, ITK, and Slicer, which was presented by Sankhesh Jhaveri, Matt McCormick, and J-Christophe Fillion-Robin.

The collaborative nature of the Slicer Project Week was evident throughout the event. Kitware’s contributions were complemented by the efforts of numerous individuals and organizations, fostering a vibrant and productive environment for innovation. The successful compilation of VTK to run natively on the NVIDIA Clara AGX developer kit is a testament to the collaborative efforts of Kitware and the NVIDIA team.

Overall, the 40th Slicer Project Week was a resounding success, showcasing the remarkable potential of Slicer for medical imaging and analysis. Kitware’s contributions, in collaboration with others, have further strengthened Slicer’s capabilities and paved the way for even more groundbreaking advancements in the future.

If you are interested in making the most out of 3D Slicer, contact us for advanced support or training!

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