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DICOM for quantitative imaging biomarker development: A standards based approach to sharing clinical data and structured PET/CT analysis results in head and neck cancer research

: Fedorov, A.; Clunie, D.; Ulrich, E.; Bauer, C.; Wahle, A.; Brown, B.; Onken, M.; Riesmeier, J.; Pieper, S.; Kikinis, R.; Buatti, J.; Beichel, R.R.


PeerJ computer science 2016 (2016), Nr.5, 35 S.
ISSN: 2376-5992
ISSN: 2167-8359 (online)
ISSN: 2167-9843 (online)
Fraunhofer MEVIS ()

Background. Imaging biomarkers hold tremendous promise for precision medicine clinical applications. Development of such biomarkers relies heavily on image post-processing tools for automated image quantitation. Their deployment in the context of clinical research necessitates interoperability with the clinical systems. Comparison with the established outcomes and evaluation tasks motivate integration of the clinical and imaging data, and the use of standardized approaches to support annotation and sharing of the analysis results and semantics. We developed the methodology and tools to support these tasks in Positron Emission Tomography and Computed Tomography (PET/CT) quantitative imaging (QI) biomarker development applied to head and neck cancer (HNC) treatment response assessment, using the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM®) international standard and free open-source software.