NCI makes cancer imaging archive available:

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  • Posted: June 21, 2011
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NCI’s Cancer Imaging Program has inaugurated The Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA), a web-accessible and unique clinical imaging archive linked to The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) tissue repository. The Cancer Imaging Archive, which is managed through a contract at Washington University, St. Louis, can be found at  It contains a large proportion of original, pre-surgical MRIs from cases that have been genomically characterized in TCGA.  

The initial image archive collection focuses on high grade brain tumors but will soon be augmented by images of breast, renal, lung and colon cases from the TCGA project.  The archive also includes the Lung Image Database Consortium data set, where lung lesions from patient images have been identified in a standardized manner. This archive offers opportunities for advancing translational research by giving image researchers access to tumor characteristics digitally.  Experts can then develop algorithms for computer-aided diagnosis and correlate imaging results with gene expression. This public resource is intended to facilitate adaptive clinical trials for cancer prediction and response to drug therapy.