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The NBIA software enables you to search for images in The Cancer Imaging Archive's local in vivo image repository.  See Chapter 2 of the TCIA User's Guide for more detailed instructions.


How do I search, download images and find out additional information about the collections - step-by-step ?

Let's begin by using the  the modality of MR as an example to download MRI images of the Prostate, follow the steps below:

1. Log into TCIA.

2. Click on the Search Images link.

3. If you want to download all the MRI prostate images then select under Image Modality(ies) MR, under Anatomical Site, select Prostate and click on Submit.

4. Click on the "CHECK ALL" button to select them all. Once you have selected the series that you wish to download and click the "Add To Basket" button. This puts all the series from every page in the basket. For determining collection that the images go to, when you select the MR and Prostate and the system does the search, the collection ID will show up along with the subject ID.

5. Select "View My Basket".

6. On the next page, you do not need to check any boxes unless you wish to remove a series from your basket. In that case, you would select the box and then click on the "Remove Selected Items" button at the top.

7. Click on the Download Manager link.

If you would need to reference the corresponding wiki pages for any particular collection. In the Collection area, mouse over and click on the “question mark” which will return information on each collection. If there is a wiki available for the collection, click on it.

OR You can find additional information pertaining to image data from the TCIA home page >

In the middle of the page, under For Researchers, click on the link titled The Image Collections which will direct you to our Public Wiki. This wiki pages is organized into purpose-built Collections.

A collection of studies typically includes studies from several subjects (patients). In some collections, there may be only one study per subject. In other collections, subjects may have been followed over time, in which case there will be multiple studies per subject. The subjects typically have in common a particular disease and/or particular anatomical site (prostate, lung, brain, etc.)

The table on the wiki contains a list of collections available on The Cancer Imaging Archive. Each link in the table contains information concerning the scientific value of a collection, as well as additional meta-data where available from the data providers.

Under the Completed and Ongoing Collections table, you can sort any of the columns. For example if you are looking for MRI images of the Prostate, you could sort by Anatomical Sites which will bring all MRIs of the Prostate to the top of the list.

What if my image search comes up empty?