The caBIG® Annotation and Image Markup (AIM) project defines an information model and software tools to capture and create can be used to store image annotations and markups using well-defined common data elements and controlled terminologies. The current release of the AIM version 3.0 model has AIM Toolkit and AIM implementation on ClearCanvas workstation. To facilitate creating AIM annotations, an XML schema and an open source application called project has software tools to capture and create AIM annotations. The AIM Template Builder (ATB) have been created. ATB assists clinicians, image researchers, or clinical trial study designers to create in creating a set of controlled questions and related answers to each question for a particular type of imaging study, without requiring knowledge of the AIM information model. A study’s image interpreters can make simple and constrained annotations in a structured format based on AIM templates.
ATB creates XML documents that can be imported to the AIM workstation 3.0.4 or into an AIM-enabled application. Each question and answer is captured using a standardized vocabulary such as RadLex and SNOMED CT® or user-definable terms. ATB allows a user to create and store AIM templates on the user’s local computer. The ATB user interface allows a template owner to edit, rename, and delete a template or its contents. It automatically validates saved templates against the AIM template schema to ensure that the captured information matches the information that the AIM model requires.
The AIM model enhances interoperability and information exchange between imaging and health information systems. Annotations stored in a computable model such as AIM can be queried not only to find images containing similar image content but also to correlate human or machine image observations with other biomedical data.
Features in This Release
These templates contain a vast amount of knowledge and expertise from imaging experts.
Sharing AIM templates requires the AIM Template Service (ATS), which stores AIM templates on the Internet. ATS allows AIM users using the ATB and ATS web interfaces to upload, search, and download shared AIM templates. It also allows templates owners to make a template private or share a set of AIM templates with the larger ATS user community.
Feature in the 2.0 Release
The AIM Template Service 1.1 release was renamed AIM Template Service 2.0.
- Store, search, and retrieve AIM templates that are either version 1, revision 18 and 23 or version 2, revision 13
Features in the 1.0 Release
- Supports Support AIM template version 1, revision 23 and version 2, revision 8
- Supports searching Support search capability on AIM template containers and templates
- Support upload Supports uploading AIM templates with valid user authentication
- Support Supports AIM template download AIM templates
- Public templates for all users
- Private templates for assigned users
- Allow Allows template owners to make a template private or public
- Supports directly exporting a valid AIM template from the AIM Template tab by wrapping an AIM template with AIM template container
- Supports private and public assignment to a template based on user name
- Non-existent URLs no longer redirect to the default search page
- Does not allow guest users to upload AIM templates
If you need help, contact Application Support.
Technical support requests may be sent to AIMTeam@northwestern.edu.
- AIM Template Builder User's Guide (ATB version 1.0)Toolkit Documentation
- AIM on ClearCanvas Workstation User's GuideDocumentation
- AIM Template Builder Documentation
- AIM Template Manager Documentation