Linking community and technology to enable FAIR data
Medical imaging, such as obtained with Computed Tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has become very common in clinical practice. For example, cancer patients who are eligible for surgery are routinely referred to the radiology department for a CT scan, often multiple times. The images are then visually inspected by both the radiologist and the clinical expert responsible for the patient. The images provide crucial information for diagnosis, treatment and outcome evaluation.
Apart from their clinical usefulness, CT and MR images also contain a wealth of information for research purposes. For example, using the latest radiomics techniques researchers are able to build effective and personalized prediction models that predict surgical outcome or radiotherapy response by analysing the image gray values (pixels) and calculating hundreds or thousands of statistical features from these images.
"Together with DataHub we are working on a storage solution that is dedicated for clinical imaging data and also allows online processing and analysis of this data without the need for downloading it first."
DataHub already has general-purpose data storage facilities in place, but is now working on a storage solution that is dedicated for clinical imaging data and also allows online processing and analysis of this data without the need for downloading it first.
The majority of the data is in DICOM format and needs to be anonymised because DICOM files contain privacy-sensitive information about the patient. At DataHub we will setup an environment where anonymisation can happen automatically as soon as images are uploaded/ingested into DataHub.
Research data management involves a lot of collaboration. We have online and offline facilities to support collaboration.
Privacy concerns require you to anonymize personal data before it can be stored in our systems. We have services to help you do that.
To leverage the power of data, your data needs to be structured. We have the knowledge and tools to help you with that.
We have a catalogue of the research data that has been collected within the MUMC+ you can explore.
Key to research data management is safe storage. We have several storage facilities to ensure the safety of your data.