Tool OverviewThe 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 and genomic 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. NBIA can also federate with other instances of NBIA to support the response of multiple NBIA servers to a single query.
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.
The ultimate goals of the project include:
- Creation of an imaging informatics infrastructure that provides cost-effective support for purpose-built and other databases as necessary, precluding the need to create separate infrastructure for each database.
- Development of searchable imaging reference libraries linked to clinical outcomes data to assist researchers and practitioners.
- Availability of the archive for mining and integration by the broader research and clinical community.
- Robust support for data-driven decision making in oncology and medical practice in general by clinicians throughout the world.
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.
NBIA Installation Files and Release Notes
|NBIA 6.5 Community Version Artifacts (Current Release)||File||Size|
|NBIA Distribution Package ||299 MB|
|CTP Client Package (including FileSender)||CTP_Client.zip||15.6 MB|
|NBIA Release Notes||NBIA 6.5 Community Version Release Notes||N/A|
Downloader 3.0 (Current Release)
The Downloader is an app that allows you to download the images you have added to your data basket. More information on how to use the Downloader is in the NBIA User's Guide.
|Linux (tested on CentOS)|
To run this file, type the following at the command prompt:
|Linux (tested on Ubuntu)||83 MB|
Support and Documentation
Defects and Feature Requests
Open Source Development
Contact Application Support for information about open source development and NBIA.
No training materials are available. Refer to Presentations, Demos and Other Materials for an overview and demo.
Presentations, Demos and Other Materials
- NBIA Demonstration– 20-minute audio over slides and screencast (turn speakers on). If the slides appear to "freeze" during playback, press pause and then play to realign the playback stream. (Login required)
- Download Demo Slides – download of the PowerPoint slides for this demonstration.
- – Reports of NBIA operations and maintenance
- DICOM Image Viewers
- Getting started with CTP (Clinical Trials Processor)
- Web-based Tools For Imaging Research
- NBIA Mouse GBM