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At-a-Glance Details
  • Current Release of NBIA: GitHub Exit Disclaimer logo
  • Current Release of NBIA Data Retriever: 4.4, October 2022; Linux versions, 4.4.1, August 2023
  • Primary audience: Investigators and Researchers
  • System Requirements: Provides web-based access to de-identified DICOM images, markups, and annotations using role-based security. The NBIA download package is a ZIP package that includes the NBIA application, supporting libraries, RSNA Clinical Trial Processor (CTP) submission client/server (with NBIA modifications), and associated documentation.

Tool Overview

The National Biomedical Imaging Archive is a free and open-source service and a software application that enables users to securely store, search, and download diagnostic medical images, providing a searchable repository integrating in vivo cancer images with clinical data. Using role-based security, NBIA provides web-based access to de-identify DICOM images.

Along with the Clinical Trial Processor software from the Radiological Society of North America, NBIA supports customized de-identification of images. NBIA is able to integrate with other applications through a set of APIs. For more information, see the NBIA REST API Guides Exit Disclaimer logo .

NCI's hosted instance of NBIA provides researchers and clinicians with a demonstration of a robust DICOM archive that can securely share and access images to enhance scientific research and support clinical decision making. Anyone can deploy a local instance of NBIA, which you can customize to your organization's branding.

Installation and Downloads

Before installing NBIA, you must download and install Java SE Development Kit 8, Apache Ant, MySQL, and Tomcat, and set environmental variables. You must also specify the parameters in the properties file to customize NBIA. Refer to Chapters 3 and 4 of the NBIA Installation Guide for details.

After installing all pre-requisite software and setting the properties, you can install NBIA by typing the single command ant. The NBIA installation configures Tomcat for running NBIA and the optional NBIA REST API, and creates an NBIA-specific schema within a pre-existing database on a pre-installed MySQL server. Refer to Chapter 5 of the NBIA Installation Guide for NBIA installation details.

Refer to GitHub Exit Disclaimer logo  for more information on building and installing NBIA.

NBIA Data Retriever 4.4 (Current Release)

The NBIA Data Retriever is an application that allows you to download the images you have added data to the cart. More information on how to use the NBIA Data Retriever is in the TCIA Radiology Portal User's Guide. The NCI supports the current release of the NBIA Data Retriever and two previous releases. Earlier releases have been deprecated.

Linux (tested on CentOS)


To run this file, type the following at the command prompt:
sudo yum -v -y remove NBIADataRetriever-4.4.x86_64.rpm;sudo yum -y install NBIADataRetriever-4.4.1.x86_64.rpm

Linux (tested on Ubuntu)


To run this file, type the following at the command prompt:

sudo -S dpkg -r nbia-data-retriever-4.4.deb;sudo -S dpkg -i nbia-data-retriever-4.4.1.deb

Support and Documentation

Defects and Feature Requests

Report a defect or request a feature for NBIA on NCI JIRA.

Open-Source Development

NBIA is an open-source project with its code repository on GitHub Exit Disclaimer logo .

Contact Application Support for information about open-source development and NBIA.

Presentations, Demos and Other Materials

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