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AIM is supported by the Imaging Knowledge Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

For more information on receiving support for this tool, please visit the Imaging Knowledge Center.

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About AIM

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AIM is the first project to propose and create a "standard" means of adding information and knowledge to an image in a clinical environment, in order to create a future in which image content can be easily and automatically searched. AIM provides a solution to the following current imaging challenges:

  • No agreed upon syntax for annotation and markup
  • No agreed upon semantics to describe annotations
  • No standard format (DICOM, XML, HL7, etc.) for annotations and markup

The solution is made up of various components, including the AIM Model, AIM Template Manager, and AIM Data Service. The AIM Model captures the descriptive information for an image, with user-generated graphical symbols placed on the image into a single common information source. The AIM Template Manager allows the user to generate a set of well-defined questions and answer choices to facilitate collecting the annotations and markup of an image in a XML document. The AIM Data Service then stores the XML documents in a database via caGrid.

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At-a-Glance Details

caBIG® AIM Data Model and Toolkit

  • Current Version Number: 3.0
  • Release Date of Current Version: October 2010
  • Intended Audiences: Investigators/researchers/implementers, workstation vendors, clinicians interpreting and manipulating images
  • Primary Workspace: IMAG
  • Currently caGrid Enabled: Yes
  • caBIG® compatibility Level: Legacy
    Learn more about compatibility levels.

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Technical Information

  • Tool Maturity Assessment: Mature Product (Successfully Adopted)
  • Architecture Level: Other or not applicable
  • Installation Level: Advanced; technical team required for installation

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System Requirements

  • MS Windows 2000 or better, 512 MB RAM or better
  • MS Visual Studio 2005 (SP1)
  • Source code available. Binaries available for Windows.

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Installation and Downloads

AIM Model

AIM Data Service

AIM on ClearCanvas® Workstation

AIM Template Builder

  • March 2012: 1.0.0 (current release)

AIM Template Manager

VMware Template

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Forums and Support for AIM

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Submit Defects and Feature Requests for AIM

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Presentations, Demos and Other Materials

None listed at this time.

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Documentation and Training

Access the caBIG® Learning Management System to learn about training programs, register for classes, track progress, and stay informed about training offerings. Explore the catalog to see what is available. You will need to create an account before registering for classes.

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AIM Knowledge Base

The Imaging Knowledge Center is building the knowledge base for AIM. Coming soon will be answers to the most frequently asked questions, tutorials, supporting data, case studies, and scheduled training demonstrations.

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Open Source Development

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