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At-a-Glance Details
  • Version Number and Release Date: 6.5 Community Version, August 2018, release notes
  • NBIA Data Retriever (previously called TCIA Downloader): 3.2, November 2018
  • Primary audience: Investigators and Researchers
  • Installation Level: Intermediate - technical assistance may be required; download may require supporting infrastructure or software
  • 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 (NBIA) is a free and open source service and 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 imaging applications to cull various data types, such as image annotations, clinical data, genomic data, and other research files, such as RT objects. 

NCI's hosted instance of NBIA is freely available and provides researchers and clinicians with 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 node of NBIA.

Installation and Downloads

NBIA provides a simplified approach to install on Linux and Windows platforms. Much of the installation process has been automated so that if you accept the default values, you can install NBIA by typing the single command ant. With the exception of the database, all supporting tools are automatically installed and configured as part of the installation. The installation package contains the binaries and scripts necessary to install the application and API. Refer to the NBIA Installation Guide for details.

Documentation is available on the NBIA wiki. There is also an NBIA GitHub repository Exit Disclaimer logo . Sign up for the NBIA User listserv to receive updates about this tool.

NBIA Installation Files and Release Notes

NBIA 6.5 Community Version Artifacts (Current Release)FileSize
NBIA Distribution Package

299 MB
CTP Client Package (including FileSender)CTP_Client.zip15.6 MB
NBIA Release NotesNBIA 6.5 Community Version Release NotesN/A

NBIA Data Retriever 3.2 (Current Release)

The NBIA Data Retriever is an app that allows you to download the images you have added to your data basket. More information on how to use the NBIA Data Retriever is in the NBIA User's Guide.

Windows97.34 MB
Linux (tested on CentOS)


To run this file, type the following at the command prompt:
sudo yum -v -y remove TCIADownloader.x86_64;sudo yum -y install NBIADataRetriever -3.2-1.x86_64.rpm

90.83 MB
Linux (tested on Ubuntu)


To run this file, type the following at the command prompt:
sudo -S dpkg -r tciadownloader;sudo -S dpkg -i nbia-data-retriever-3.2.deb

82.8 MB

Support and Documentation

Defects and Feature Requests

Open Source Development

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

Refer to the latest user's guide and installation guide. Online help is also available in the application.

No training materials are available. Refer to Presentations, Demos and Other Materials for an overview and demo.

Presentations, Demos and Other Materials

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