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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.
32 bit versus 64 bit
Note that many clinical research tasks, such as processing of large CT or MR volumetric datasets, require more memory than can be accommodated with a 32 bit program. We advise the use of the 64 bit versions of the Slicer wherever feasible.
Examples of Working Configurations
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