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Kitware and Lung Cancer Alliance Announce 1st Public Lung Cancer Database Created Through Patient Donations

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Kitware (MedTech-IQ member Rick Avila) and Lung Cancer Alliance have announced the release of the first group of lung cancer patient records now publicly available for download at GiveAScan.org...

...This open image archive represents the successful completion of a pilot project to determine the feasibility of a patient database donated to accelerate medical research. This initial nine patient database includes over 1 GB of radiological imaging studies including Computed Tomography(CT) scans, volunteered by patients to accelerate lung cancer research including screening, computer aided detection and diagnosis, and the development of quantitative methods for drug therapy assessment.  Patient imaging records and additional related medical information reside in the public database, but remain anonymous...

... Lung cancer research relies heavily on the ability to extract statistically meaningful insights and observations from real-world clinical data,” said Rick Avila, senior director of healthcare solutions at Kitware. “The Give A Scan approach, where we work with patients to address unmet research data needs through public data donations, is an excellent way to accelerate lung cancer research.”...

...Kitware, Inc. is a leader in the creation and support of open- source software and state of the art technology, and is one of the fastest growing software companies in the country.  It hosts the data using its MIDAS multimedia server technology and its open-source image analysis and visualization packages. The multimedia server follows open standards for data storage, access, and harvesting. It has been optimized for storing massive collections of large, scientific images and related metadata and reports. MIDAS has been deployed as an electronic publication center, a shared resource for research, a digital archive, and combinations thereof...

... Kitware leverages its open- source communities and diverse technical expertise, to provide advanced custom solutions for a host of complex technical problems ...

... Founded in 1998, Kitware’s team is widely recognized for their major contributions to a variety of open-source software systems including the Visualization Tookit (VTK), the Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK), CMake and Paraview.  Kitware has made an impact in areas such as visualization, data publishing, medical imaging, quality software process, computer vision, and informatics...


Read on at: http://www.streetinsider.com/Press+Releases/Kitware+and+Lung+Cancer...


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