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Retrieving data by collection is an easy and convenient way to grab a set of related data, usually assembled with a specific scientific objective in mind. Below is a quick guide for searching and downloading collections in The Cancer Imaging Archive.

Registration and login

  1. Request a user account if you don't already have one. Registration is totally free, as is the ability to browse and download data from the archive. 
    1. Agree to the terms of service.
    2. Fill out the registration form.
    3. You should receive an automated email letting you know your request was received.
      1. You will receive separate emails with your user name and password within 24 hours.
  2. Navigate to
  3. Log in with your new credentials.

Searching by Collection

  1. Click the Search Images link in the center of the page.
  2. Scroll down through the search criteria until you see the collections section.
  3. Select the check box for the collection in which you are interested.
    1. Note: you can click the (question) icons next to each collection name to learn more about what kind of images it contains.
  4. Optionally you can change the number of results per page if you'd like to see more than 10 at a time.
  5. Press Submit.
  6. Browse the collection by clicking on any patient in the search results, or move on to the next section if you only wish to download the data.

Downloading the Collection

  1. Press the Check All button and then Add to Basket. (or select just the cases you want to download by clicking their check boxes, then Add to Basket).
  2. Press the View My Basket button at the bottom of the page (or View Contents in the left menu bar).
  3. Press the Download Manager button to open a Java applet and specify where you'd like to save your images.
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