The National Biomedical Imaging Archive (available both in the classic search interface and new search interface) 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 national repository integrating in vivo cancer images with clinical data. Using role-based security, NBIA provides web-based access to de-identified DICOM images, image markup, annotations, and rich metadata. The NBIA download package is a ZIP package that includes the NBIA application, supporting libraries, the RSNA MIRC application (with NBIA modifications), documentation, and a sample NBIA database.
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 User Guide, NBIA DICOM API User Guide, and NBIA WADO API User Guide.
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.
NBIA Installation Files and Release Notes
|NBIA 7.0 GA Artifacts (Current Release)||File||Size|
|NBIA Distribution Package ||nbia-install_7.0GA.zip||335 MB|
|CTP Client Package (including FileSender)||CTP_Client.zip||22.9 MB|
|NBIA Release Notes||NBIA 7.0 GA Release Notes||N/A|
NBIA Data Retriever 3.3 (Current Release)
|Linux (tested on CentOS)|
To run this file, type the following at the command prompt:
|Linux (tested on Ubuntu)||82.8 MB|
Support and Documentation
Defects and Feature Requests
Contact Application Support for information about open-source development and NBIA.