Learn on your own
Given the complex and specialized nature of our work, labs that consider adopting NAC-developed technology can only do so when given the proper support. We provide this support through scientific publications, extensive on-line documentation and tutorials, in-person training at workshops, and one-on-one training provided to visiting students and investigators. In this way, our training and service activities are an important and synergistic part of our dissemination efforts.
Many of the NAC’s resources ready for use are network-based. The Slicer website has extensive documentation and support materials, including downloadable data sets. This site has been augmented through the addition of extensive materials uploaded to the Slicer Wiki, which is widely used by NAC and other projects as a collaborative forum for joint development efforts. The Slicer Wiki is a critical part of our training and dissemination activities and is described more fully below.
These services use publicly-visible email lists, meaning NAC investigators actively engage with the user and developer communities to answer questions and resolve issues arising from the application of the technology in new environments or the influx of new data. The slicer users mailing list, for example, has over 1000 subscribers at US and international sites. This list serves as a forum for user issues.
Archives of these exchanges are available to augment the standard documentation set. Similarly, slicer developers mailing list with over 500 subscribers, supports the exchange of information among the core development group and between the core group and the larger development community.
Self-paced tutorials on how to use 3D Slicer. This page contains pointers to the different versions of the Slicer training portfolios. Each portfolio includes a series of tutorials and pre-computed datasets.
Examples from the Slicer4Minute tutorial
This tutorial is a brief introduction to the advanced 3D visualization capabilities of Slicer4.0.
NAC sponsors Training Workshops at National and International Universities for clinical researchers, scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. These workshops train researchers in medical image analysis techniques that combine theoretical lectures and hands-on tutorial sessions tailored for specific clinical and scientific communities. NAC also sponsors Training Workshops at International Meetings. Finally, NAC and NA-MIC co-sponsor Breakout Sessions at Bi-Annual Project Weeks for biomedical engineers, computer scientists, and graduate students to disseminate NAC technologies and specific components of the NA-MIC Kit. Most of these events are jointly hosted by NAC and NA-MIC.