The data for this challenge contains a total of 55 MRI cases, each from a single examination from a distinct patient, with each case consisting of a T2-weighted MRI images in DICOM format. The MRI scanning protocol was designed for radiation treatment simulation. Thirty-one of these will be provided as training cases, with the parotid glands, submandibular glands, level 2 and level 3 lymph nodes contoured. The images and contours were acquired from MD Anderson Cancer Center.
We would like to acknowledge the individuals and institutions that have provided data for this collection:
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas, USA
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Supporting Documentation and Metadata
To participate in the challenge and to learn more about the subsets of training and test data used please visit http://aapmchallenges.cloudapp.net/competitions/34. Some information from the challenge site is included below.
T2 MR Images of 55 patients have been collected for this challenge. Data were acquired from MD Anderson Cancer Center. All images were scanned with a protocol specifically designed for head-and-neck radiation treatment simulation. Datasets were divided into three groups:
- 31 training datasets
- 12 off-site test datasets
- 12 live test datasets
Data will be provided in DICOM (both MR and RTSTRUCT), as commonly used in most commercial treatment planning systems.
Contouring Guidelines The manual contours were drawn by a radiation oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center. The structures were contoured following the DAHANCA, EORTC, GORTEC, HKNPCSG, NCIC CTG, NCRI, NRG Oncology and RROG consensus guidelines reported in Brouwer et.al Radiotherapy and Oncol. 2015. Details of contouring guidelines can be found in "Learn the Details" on the challenge website. The following structures are included in this challenge:
- Parotid glands
- Submandibular glands
- Lymph nodes level II
- Lymph nodes level III
Each training dataset includes a set of DICOM MR image files and one DICOM RTSTRUCT file. Each training dataset is labeled as RTMAC-TRAIN-xxx, where xxx identifies the dataset ID.
Off-site test data
Each off-site test dataset includes a set of DICOM MR image files and is labeled as RTMAC-TEST-xxx, where xxx identifies the dataset ID.
RTSTRUCT data associated with Off-site test data available 7/15/2020.
Live test data
Each Live test dataset includes a set of DICOM MR image files and is labeled as RTMAC-LIVE-xxx, where xxx identifies the dataset ID.
RTSTRUCT data associated with Live test data available 7/15/2020.
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Please be sure to acknowledge both this data set and TCIA in publications by including the following citations in your work:
Cardenas, C., Mohamed, A., Sharp, G., Gooding, M., Veeraraghavan, H., & Yang, J. (2019). Data from AAPM RT-MAC Grand Challenge 2019. The Cancer Imaging Archive. https://doi.org/10.7937/tcia.2019.bcfjqfqb.
Clark K, Vendt B, Smith K, Freymann J, Kirby J, Koppel P, Moore S, Phillips S, Maffitt D, Pringle M, Tarbox L, Prior F. The Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA): Maintaining and Operating a Public Information Repository, Journal of Digital Imaging, Volume 26, Number 6, December, 2013, pp 1045-1057. DOI: 10.1007/s10278-013-9622-7