This guide provides an overview of the The Cancer Imaging Archive hosted by Washington University in St. Louis. It explains how to use the National Biomedical Imaging Archive (NBIA) software to search for and downloading images. The source of most of the instructions in this guide is the November 16, 2010 NBIA 5.0 User's Guide produced by the National Cancer Institute, Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology.
The intended audience for this guide are researchers including pathologists and radiologists at cancer centers, CAD developers, academia, and industry that access the The Cancer Imaging Archive through commonly available web browser software.
The guide discusses the following topics:
Chapter 1 Getting Started provides an introduction to the The Cancer Imaging Archive and describes how to access the The Cancer Imaging Archive.
Chapter 2 Searching for Images describes how to search the local and any selected remote image databases.
Chapter 3 Viewing Search Results describes how to review results from the The Cancer Imaging Archive database searches
Questions about the use of this guide should be sent to the The Cancer Imaging Archive User Support Center at email@example.com
The Cancer Imaging Archive
The Cancer Imaging Archive provides the cancer research and medical community, industry, and academia access to imaging archives that can be used for many purposes, including the potential to assist in the development and validation of analytical software tools supporting these functions:
Clinical trials, physicians and other researchers submit images to the The Cancer Imaging Archive using the CTP (Clinical Trial Processing) software. Any potential user may then access the The Cancer Imaging Archive to search for and download images and associated annotation files.
Images are stored in the medical image standard, Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM). A DICOM file stores the digital image along with a series of tags that contain metadata about the image such as patient ID, study ID, patient weight, anatomic site, and so forth. For more information about DICOM, see http://medical.nema.org.
The Cancer Imaging Archive is accessible at http://cancerimagingarchive.net. In the welcome page that opens, you can perform the following tasks:
- Learn the basics about the The Cancer Imaging Archive by accessing the information links on the welcome page.
- Open Quick Links to web sites relevant to the goals and tasks of the The Cancer Imaging Archive.
- Log into the The Cancer Imaging Archive.
Figure 1.1 Welcome Page
To register a new user in the The Cancer Imaging Archive, from the Cancer Imaging Archive welcome page click LOG ON TO THE CANCER IMAGING ARCHIVE and follow these steps:
1. Click the Register Now hypertext link under User Login.
Once you have submitted your entry form, a message will be conveyed to the The Cancer Imaging Archive User Support Center who will create the new user account.
If you have already registered with the The Cancer Imaging Archive, perform the following steps to login:
If your login is successful, the The Cancer Imaging Archive opens to the home page.
In Case of Login Failure:
Tip: If your USER ID or PASSWORD is not correct, "Invalid Username/password. Please try again." displays in red text on the login page. Additionally, a popup opens, informing you of a failure to login and its possible reasons. In your browser, you should enable a popup blocker exception for the The Cancer Imaging Archive site URL. If you fail to do that, the login failure message may not appear.
3. Follow the directions on the Login Failed pop-up message and/or on the Cancer Imaging Archive Help Account page. Note that you can contact User Support using the contact information on that page.
The Cancer Imaging Archive Home Page
The Cancer Imaging Archive home page that opens after login displays several panels and menu bars.
See for More Information
Returns you to the The Cancer Imaging Archive Home page
Displays the Simple Search page
Performing a Simple Search
Manage Data Basket
Displays the My Data Basket page; This is the same option as choosing My Data Basket > View Contents from the side menu bar.
Managing the Data Basket
Displays a separate online Help window
Using Cancer Imaging Archive Online Help
Logs you out of The Cancer Imaging Archive and returns you to the login page
See for More Information
Displays an email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org so you can email comments or suggestions about the The Cancer Imaging Archive.
Displays the Health and Human
Displays the The Cancer Imaging Archive Legal Rules of the
Displays the NCI Web Accessibility Feedback Form to be used by users with disabilities who have comments about the accessibility of NCI's web pages.
Displays information on contacting the User Support center.
For any general information about the application, application support or to report a bug, contact the The Cancer Imaging Archive User Support.
When submitting support requests via email, please include:
Application Support URL
Telephone support is available Monday to Friday, 8 am – 5 pm Central Time, excluding holidays.
The Cancer Imaging Archive Online Help
The online help has been written to help you master the NBIA software. To access online help in the The Cancer Imaging Archive, use any of the following methods:
Note: You can access online help without being logged into the The Cancer Imaging Archive.
- Click the Help icon or button at the top of each page to open a context sensitive topic.
Click this hypertext link to display the studies for this subject.
Contains two numbers: the number of studies that met the criteria /
Contains two numbers: the number of series that met the criteria /
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[Basket] Check Boxes
Use the check boxes to mark the result for addition to your data basket. Click the Check All/Uncheck All buttons to select or deselect all results, or you can select results individually.
*Note:* If you do not have the IRW installed, click this link to the NCICB GForge Download page: [|https://gforge.nci.nih.gov/frs/?group_id=312]<span style="color: #0000ff"><a href="https://gforge.nci.nih.gov/frs/?group_id=312+">https://gforge.nci.nih.gov/frs/?group_id=312+</a></span>|https://gforge.nci.nih.gov/frs/?group_id=312]. Toward the top of the page, click the *I‐ResponseR.v.\[x.zip* hypertext link*.\* You can download the corresponding user 's guide, accessible from the same site, as well.
If the JRE is not installed, when you click the Download Manager button, the browser prompts you for what it should do with the JNLP file. The Data Basket page includes a link to a page where you can download the JRE: http://www.java.com/en/download/http://www.java.com/en/download.
The Download Manager lists series items you selected in the data basket. You can mouse over the Patient ID, Study Instance and Series Instance columns to reveal the complete corresponding IDs or you can resize the column by grabbing the header.