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To enhance the value of TCIA collections for future research we encourage the research community to publish analysis datasets to augment existing TCIA image collections. Potential data types of interest include analysis results such as radiologist or pathologist annotations, image classifications, segmentations, radiomics features, or derived/reprocessed images.

If your analysis results include voxel-based segmentations, parametric maps (e.g., maps of DCE or DWI MRI model parameter fits), or measurements derived from the segmented regions (e.g., radiomics features), you may consider using the dcmqi library (github link) to convert your dataset into standard DICOM representation.

 Submitting a request to publish analysis results

In order to publish analysis results you must first identify the subset of TCIA images that you analyzed.  For radiology images this can be done by compiling a list of Series Instance UIDs or by using the Share My Cart feature in the Data Portal.  For pathology images this step may require some discussion with our helpdesk.  You can send a request to publish your dataset to TCIA’s help desk providing the following information:

  • Shared Cart URL or Series Instance UID List – For radiology images, provide the "Share your cart" URL that identifies the data you have analyzed or a text file which contains your Series Instance UIDs. For pathology images provide a brief explanation of which collection(s) and slides you used.
  • Title – The title of your dataset.
  • Authors – The names of the authors who helped generate the dataset in the order you would like them to appear in the citation.
  • Abstract – A brief abstract of the data.  It should include how you selected the image data, how any analyses were generated/collected, and what the potential value of this data is for other TCIA users.
  • Special Instructions – Any guidance about the timing of when we publish the DOI (e.g. it should not be listed until a related manuscript is published) or other questions/concerns.

Your data will be published with a digital object identifier (DOI) which can be cited in publications which use your data. To help other users find your dataset on TCIA entries will be added on the Collection pages of any TCIA dataset your analyses utilized and also to our Analysis Results directory page.

Analysis Results Directory

A listing of published analysis results data sets based upon TCIA-hosted data (sorted from newest to oldest):

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