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TOMOGRAPHY, December 2016, Volume 2, Issue 4: 406-410
DOI: 10.18383/j.tom.2016.00223

A Response Assessment Platform for Development and Validation of Imaging Biomarkers in Oncology

Hao Yang, Lawrence H. Schwartz, and Binsheng Zhao

Department of Radiology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York

Abstract

Quantitative imaging biomarkers are increasingly used in both oncology clinical trials and clinical practice aid evaluation of tumor response to novel therapies. To obtain these biomarkers, and to ensure smooth clinical adoption once they have been validated, it is critical to develop reliable computer-aided methods and a workflow-efficient imaging platform for integration in research and clinical settings. Here, we present a volumetric response assessment system developed based on an open-source image-viewing platform (WEASIS). Our response assessment system is designed using the Model–View–Controller concept, and it offers standard image-viewing and -manipulation functions, efficient tumor segmentation and quantification algorithms, and a reliable database containing tumor segmentation and measurement results. This prototype system is currently used in our research laboratory to foster the development and validation of new quantitative imaging biomarkers including the volumetric computed tomography technique as a more accurate and early assessment method of solid tumor response to targeted therapy and immunotherapy.

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