Research Support Overview

IDEAL provides research support in the form of:

  • Imaging Data Management Services: Data de-identification, storage, and transmission

  • Image processing & analysis, including response assessment

Data Management Services:

Studies utilizing imaging require an efficient means to de-identify and store data locally, and often to transmit that data to a central imaging core lab. A de-identification process includes removal of Protected Health Information (PHI) from standard DICOM tags based on the specific requirements of the research group. The systems are capable of recording a separate key for quality assurance.

This de-identified data is secured in the research PACS.┬áThe IDEAL research PACS provides a central, secured repository for imaging data, obtained within Weill-Cornell facilities and outside.┬áResearchers and their designees have access to this data via a thin-client application that can be accessed within the researcher’s Weill-Cornell or NewYork Presbyterian office. Data is available for download locally for further analysis.

Studies can be transmitted to a central core lab per the specifications of the research group, usually via FTP.

Image Processing and Analysis:

IDEAL staff have access to and expertise in a variety of advanced visualization tools, including TeraRecon iNtuition, GE Advantage Workstation, Vital Vitrea workstation, and Brainlab. Image processing services available for research include volumetric analysis, multi-modality fusion, radiotracer / metabolic activity calculations, and a variety of other processes that can be customized for individual research groups.

IDEAL also operates a Research Reader Service, with board-certified radiologists trained to perform industry-standard tumor response assessments based on RECIST, Cheson, or other specialized criteria.

For further questions on the services we provide and for assistance in creating a budget, please contact IDEAL.