Full-Study Imaging Application & AIR

AIR

AIR is a self-service platform which enables Automated Image Retrieval (AIR) from UCSF's clinical and research picture archiving and communication system (PACS). Investigators requiring direct access to image data files (i.e. DICOM files and services formerly proved by the Radiology Film Library) must request AIR access.

  1. Please review the AIR Overview prior to requesting AIR access.
  2. Individuals performing image tansfers for clinical trials (e.g. HDFCCC study coordinators) are highly encouraged to review Imaging Data 101.
  3. To request and/or update access to AIR, please complete the AIR Access Request Form.

MD.ai

MD.ai annotator is a secure web-based collaborative annotation application, that can be utilized for machine learning and other projects. Groups of any size can work together separately or in teams to annotate datasets. It allows for textual (global) and pixel level annotations. 

Images can be directly uploaded to MD.ai platform via a web browser as well as AIR (Automated Image Retrieval), a self-service platform for retrieving imaging studies. If you use AIR to upload images, you will need to have AIR access.  

If your research absolutely requires working with identified data and this use is approved by the IRB, our MD.ai instance is HIPAA-compliant.  However, we strongly recommend working with de-identified images if at all possible to minimize risk and consequences of PHI-disclosure. The PI is responsible for limiting access to the MD.ai project to the people listed on the IRB. 

  1. For MD.ai account as well as to get your project started, please complete the MD.ai access request form.
  2. Here is a MD.ai presentation to familiarize users of the platform
  3. Useful links:
    1. MD.ai Documentation (under API, Python Client Library)
    2. MD.ai GitHub

mPower

mPower is a search engine for Radiology (and soon, Pathology) reports. It supports searching based on patients and study metadata as well as the content of the report. Advanced search options include Boolean logic in searches, excluding negated terms and identifying patients who have results in two different studies. there are limited facilities for analytics of search results, and search results can be exported in excel format.

mPower is useful particularly for cohort selection in retrospective research studies, quality improvement projects and identification of teaching cases. Research use requires appropriate IRB/CHR approval, and is the responsibility of the researcher.

  1. To request and/or update access to mPower, please complete the mPower Request Form.
  2. Please review mPower Help for instructions on how to use mPower.

Feasibility Analysis (Optional)

Individuals lacking advanced training in radiologic or biomedical imaging sciences are encouraged to submit an Imaging Research Proposal Feasibility Analysis Request (~2 minutes) prior to submitting a full study application. This request will be routed to relevant senior investigators who will provide feedback to the submitter. 

Radiopharmaceutical Prioritization Form

The Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging requires investigators to submit a Radiopharmaceutical Prioritization Form for research that intends to use radiopharmaceuticals synthesized at the cyclotron facility, which have not previously been synthesized at UCSF. The cyclotron facility has limited bandwidth and not all radiopharmaceuticals can be translated for use at UCSF. This process will help evaluate radiopharmaceutical translation for clinical use at UCSF. 

Please note that this form should be submitted and reviewed prior to submitting a Full-Study Imaging Application.  If your study does not require the UCSF cyclotron to produce the radiopharmaceutical or if your study is using a radiopharmaceutical that has previously been synthesized by the cyclotron at UCSF,  please proceed to submit the Full Study Imaging Application. 

Please fill out this form in order to initiate the prioritization of the development process. Please email the completed form to Namasvi Jariwala and Khadija Siddiqua, with the subject “Radiopharmaceutical Prioritization Form”.

Full Study Application

The Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging requires investigators to submit an Application to Perform Imaging Research.  This full-study imaging application must be submitted for review and approval before an imaging study may begin.