Medical Imaging Data Resource Center (MIDRC)
RSNA is collaborating with radiology organizations around the world to build a repository of COVID-19 imaging data for research.
The Medical Imaging and Data Resource Center (MIDRC), funded through the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) special emergency COVID-19 process, is an open-access platform for COVID-19- related medical images and associated data.
Hosted by the University of Chicago, MIDRC is a collaborative effort between RSNA, the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM).
RSNA’s contribution to MIDRC includes the RSNA International COVID-19 Open Radiology Database (RICORD), a substantial body of imaging data with annotations and supporting clinical information for use in education and research.
MIDRC data collection
RSNA is collecting and publishing data through MIDRC and has established key partnerships and assembled an international task force of scientists and radiologists to support this effort.
We have developed data selection criteria, data sharing agreements and tools to help sites organize, de-identify and transfer data. The RSNA-MIDRC data collection pathway will enable radiology organizations to contribute data to MIDRC safely and conveniently.
Assembling broad and diverse datasets is essential to supporting quality research leading to improvements in diagnosis care.
How to participate
Is your organization interested in participating? RSNA invites you to complete the data sharing survey to express your interest.
Those based in the U.S. with bodies of data to share can apply for funding to aid in data extraction, processing and submission.
Please review our agreements, tools and instructions on how to submit data in accordance with regulations and best practices, as well as patient security and privacy concerns.
RSNA plans to expand our medical imaging data collection efforts beyond the scope of COVID-19 to support additional research initiatives, particularly in artificial intelligence. Stay tuned for more information—we'll provide updates as details become available.
Looking to stay informed on the latest MIDRC developments? Join the mailing list and receive updates on MIDRC’s progress.
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