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Description

Many Cancers routinely identified by imaging haven’t yet benefited from recent advances in computer science. Approaches such as machine learning and deep learning can generate quantitative tumor 3D volumes, complex features and therapy-tracking temporal dynamics. However, cross-disciplinary researchers striving to develop new approaches often lack disease understanding or sufficient contacts within the medical community. Their research can greatly benefit from labeling and annotating basic information in the images such as tumor locations, which are obvious to radiologists.

Crowd-sourcing the creation of publicly-accessible reference data sets could address this challenge. In 2011 the National Cancer Institute funded development of The Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA), a free and open-access database of medical images. However, most of these collections lack the labeling and annotations needed by image processing researchers for progress in deep learning and radiomics. As a result, TCIA has partnered with the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and numerous academic centers to harness the vast knowledge of RSNA meeting attendees to generate these tumor markups.  Data sets annotated included CT scans from 352 subjects from the TCGA-LUADTCGA-KIRCTCGA-LIHC, and TCGA-OV collections on TCIA.

A full explanation of the project can be seen in the Detailed Description tab.


Data Access

Click the Download button to save a ".tcia" manifest file to your computer, which you must open with the NBIA Data Retriever

Data TypeDownload all or Query/Filter
Images (DICOM)

Image Annotations (CSV)

DICOM-SR files (ZIP) *

DICOM SR files

Clinical Data (CSV) **

* The conversion XSLT and Makefile depends on pixelmed.jar as a DICOM toolkit, and dicom3tools, dcsrdump and dciodvfy for validation.

** Because all subjects were pulled from The Cancer Genome Atlas cohorts clinical data was available through the NCI Genomic Data Commons.  A CSV dump of that data is provided here for convenience.

Please contact help@cancerimagingarchive.net  with any questions regarding usage.

Detailed Description

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Citations & Data Usage Policy 

These collections are freely available to browse, download, and use for commercial, scientific and educational purposes as outlined in the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Questions may be directed to help@cancerimagingarchive.net. Please be sure to acknowledge both this data set and TCIA in publications by including the following citations in your work:


Data Citation

Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer, Andrew Beers, Artem Mamonov, Erik Ziegler, Rob Lewis, Andre Botelho Almeida, Gordon Harris, Steve Pieper, David Clunie, Ashish Sharma, Lawrence Tarbox, Jeff Tobler, Fred Prior, Adam Flanders, Jamie Dulkowski, Brenda Fevrier-Sullivan, Carl Jaffe, John Freymann, Justin Kirby. Crowds Cure Cancer: Data collected at the RSNA 2017 annual meeting. The Cancer Imaging Archive. DOI: 10.7937/K9/TCIA.2018.OW73VLO2

TCIA Citation

Clark K, Vendt B, Smith K, Freymann J, Kirby J, Koppel P, Moore S, Phillips S, Maffitt D, Pringle M, Tarbox L, Prior F. (2013) The Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA): Maintaining and Operating a Public Information Repository, Journal of Digital Imaging, Volume 26, Number 6, pp 1045-1057. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10278-013-9622-7

Other Publications Using This Data

TCIA maintains a list of publications that leverage TCIA data. If you have a manuscript you'd like to add please contact the TCIA Helpdesk.

Version 1 (Current): 2018/05/17

Data TypeDownload all or Query/Filter
Images (DICOM)

Image Annotations (CSV)

DICOM-SR files (ZIP) *

DICOM SR files

Clinical Data (CSV) **

* The conversion XSLT and Makefile depends on pixelmed.jar as a DICOM toolkit, and dicom3tools, dcsrdump and dciodvfy for validation.

** Because all subjects were pulled from The Cancer Genome Atlas cohorts clinical data was available through the NCI Genomic Data Commons.  A CSV dump of that data is provided here for convenience.

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