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Data Usage Policy

Most 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.  Please consult the Citation & Data Usage Policy for each Collection you've used to see usage restrictions. Some collections have additional copyrights or restrictions associated with their use which we have summarized at the end of this page for convenience.  

Citing TCIA (general)

For any manuscript developed using data from The Cancer Imaging Archive please cite the relevant collection citations (see below) as well as the following TCIA publication:

TCIA Citation

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Clark K, Vendt B, Smith K, et al. The Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA): Maintaining and Operating a Public Information Repository. Journal of Digital Imaging. 2013; 26(6): 1045-1057. doi: 10.1007/s10278-013-9622-7. (link)

If you have utilized TCIA in your research, please contact us at help@cancerimagingarchive.net so we can include your work on our Related Publications page.  We also encourage researchers to tweet about their TCIA-related research with the hash tag #TCIAresearch.

Citing Specific TCIA Collections

Each published TCIA Collection has an associated data citation.  When citing a TCIA collection, be sure to use the full data citation rather than citing the wiki page as a URL.  Consult the Citation & Data Usage Policy found on each Collection's summary page to learn more about how it should be cited and any usage restrictions.  For some collections, there may also be additional papers that should be cited listed in this section.  Here is a screenshot showing where to find the DOI and data usage policy on each collection page:

The citation panel on the CT Lymph Node collection page.

Collection Specific Usage Policies

Please consult the Citation & Data Usage Policy for each Collection you've used to see usage restrictions. Some collections have additional copyrights or restrictions associated with their use which we have summarized below for convenience.  

Restricted from Commercial Use

The following data are not permitted for commercial applications.  Please contact the associated data submitters with any questions about utilizing this data.

  1. Phantom FDA - Marios Gavrielides, Tel. (301) 796-2545, marios.gavrielides@fda.hhs.gov
  2. NSCLC-Radiomics - Hugo Aerts, hugo_aerts@dfci.harvard.edu.
  3. NSCLC-Radiomics-Genomics - Hugo Aerts, hugo_aerts@dfci.harvard.edu.

Copyrighted Data

The following data is copyrighted.  Please contact the associated data submitters with any questions about utilizing this data.

  1. 3D segmentation files provided as metadata to PROSTATE-DIAGNOSIS collection - Nicolas Bloch, nicolas.bloch@bmc.org

The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Publication Guidelines

TCIA publication guidelines are derived from the policy outlined by the The Cancer Genome Atlas, TCGA. These must be followed in addition to the publication policy of the TCGA Data Portal: http://cancergenome.nih.gov/abouttcga/policies/publicationguidelines.

There are no limitations on publications containing analyses using any TCGA-linked imaging data set if the data set meets one of the following three freedom-to-publish criteria:

  1. A marker paper has been published on that tumor type.
  2. 12 months after 100 cases of a given tumor type have had their DICOM data published on TCIA.  
    1. In the event that a collection's accrual ends before reaching a total of 100, the collection will be made open to publication when accrual has terminated.
  3. The author receives specific approval from the TCGA Image Source Site (ISS) Groups representing any relevant tumor types.

Imaging Source Site (ISS) Groups will be populated and governed by participants from institutions that have provided imaging data to the archive for a given cancer type. Modeled after TCGA analysis groups, these groups are given the opportunity to publish a marker paper for a given cancer type per the aforementioned publication policy. It is hoped that this will generate increased participation in the building of these multi-institutional data sets that become an open community resource.

Specifically, the status of each tumor data set is available below. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact help@cancerimagingarchive.net.

 

Tumor Type

TCGA Data Portal Status (clinical, genomics, and pathology data)

TCIA Data Status (diagnostic imaging data)

TCGA-BLCANo restrictions; all data available without limitationsCollection has not reached 100 imaging subjects; please check with help@cancerimagingarchive.net prior to any publication

TCGA-BRCA

No restrictions; all data available without limitations

No restrictions; image data available without limitations

TCGA-CESCNo restrictions; all data available without limitationsCollection has not reached 100 imaging subjects; please check with help@cancerimagingarchive.net prior to any publication
TCGA-COADNo restrictions; all data available without limitationsCollection has not reached 100 imaging subjects; please check with help@cancerimagingarchive.net prior to any publication
TCGA-ESCANo restrictions; all data available without limitationsCollection has not reached 100 imaging subjects; please check with help@cancerimagingarchive.net prior to any publication

TCGA-GBM

No restrictions; all data available without limitations

No restrictions; image data available without limitations

TCGA-HNSCNo restrictions; all data available without limitationsNo restrictions; image data available without limitations
TCGA-KICHNo restrictions; all data available without limitationsCollection has not reached 100 imaging subjects; please check with help@cancerimagingarchive.net prior to any publication

TCGA-KIRC

No restrictions; all data available without limitations

No restrictions; image data available without limitations

TCGA-KIRPNo restrictions; all data available without limitationsCollection has not reached 100 imaging subjects; please check with help@cancerimagingarchive.net prior to any publication

TCGA-LGG

No restrictions; all data available without limitations

No restrictions; all data available without limitations

TCGA-LIHC

No restrictions; all data available without limitations

No restrictions; all data available without limitations

TCGA-LUAD

No restrictions; all data available without limitations

Collection has not reached 100 imaging subjects; please check with help@cancerimagingarchive.net prior to any publication

TCGA-LUSCNo restrictions; all data available without limitationsCollection has not reached 100 imaging subjects; please check with help@cancerimagingarchive.net prior to any publication

TCGA-OV

No restrictions; all data available without limitations

No restrictions; all data available without limitations

TCGA-PRAD

No restrictions; all data available without limitations

Collection has not reached 100 imaging subjects; please check with help@cancerimagingarchive.net prior to any publication

TCGA-READNo restrictions; all data available without limitationsCollection has not reached 100 imaging subjects; please check with help@cancerimagingarchive.net prior to any publication
TCGA-SARCNo restrictions; all data available without limitationsCollection has not reached 100 imaging subjects; please check with help@cancerimagingarchive.net prior to any publication
TCGA-STADNo restrictions; all data available without limitationsCollection has not reached 100 imaging subjects; please check with help@cancerimagingarchive.net prior to any publication
TCGA-THCANo restrictions; all data available without limitationsCollection has not reached 100 imaging subjects; please check with help@cancerimagingarchive.net prior to any publication
TCGA-UCECNo restrictions; all data available without limitationsCollection has not reached 100 imaging subjects; please check with help@cancerimagingarchive.net prior to any publication
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