RSNA Adds 30K Studies to MIDRC

Growth continues for the multi-institutional, open-access data commons


After less than two years of data collection and processing, RSNA has successfully delivered over 30,000 de-identified imaging studies to the Medical Imaging and Data Resource Center (MIDRC) project, an open-access platform which publishes data to be used for research.

The studies include chest X-ray and CT studies for COVID-19 patients solicited from sites around the world. They contain patient demographics and are accompanied by relevant clinical data points including hospital and ICU admission and discharge, as well as breathing support provided.

“RSNA is delighted to collaborate on the development of MIDRC” said Curtis Langlotz, MD, PhD, RSNA Board liaison for information technology and annual meeting and professor of radiology and biomedical informatics, director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Imaging, and associate chair for information systems in the Department of Radiology at Stanford University. “MIDRC is a massive, curated, diverse, multi-institutional imaging dataset that enables new insights about the diagnosis and prediction of COVID-19 infection, its complications and its outcomes. From the release of the first set of images to today, we are realizing the benefits of new algorithms and the resulting innovations in machine learning.”

MIDRC is funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, hosted by the University of Chicago, and jointly developed by RSNA, the American College of Radiology and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

Its organizers recently announced that funding will be available for year 3 of MIDRC. Interested institutions are encouraged to review the necessary steps to participate in this initiative.

Virtual Seminar Series Focuses on Research, Advances 

Members of the medical community at large can attend one or more of the MIDRC virtual seminars scheduled on the third Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. CT. The next seminar takes place on June 21.

The seminar series offers an opportunity to hear directly from the MIDRC team and features research presentations from MIDRC investigators on new and noteworthy advances. Sessions are held online and include live Q&A for all attendees.

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