New registry of early childhood Brain MRIs available through Partners Big Data Commons

October 23, 2017 9:35 am

The recently launched Partners Clinical Image Bank portal enables researchers to access registries of expertly curated, phenotypically characterized medical images and associated clinical data extracted from the Partners electronic medical records.

The first registry to be made available is a repository of pediatric brain MR images comprised of a cohort of neonates with clinically confirmed hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), along with a cohort of “normative” children imaged between the ages of 0-6 years of age with no known CNS pathology. In addition to secure access to the DICOM image data, the portal allows interaction with and download of extracted quantitative metrics from the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) maps calculated from the Diffusion Weighted Images for many of the cases.

Each HIE case also has detailed perinatal clinical course information including maternal risk factors, outcomes and much more.

Access to the Clinical Image Bank is available to all registered RPDR users who accept the terms of the Data Use Agreement.

Users with IRB approval who wish to download the fully identifiable clinical data and DICOM medical images may do so easily.

The Clinical Image Bank is available at or can be launched from the RPDR homepage at

For questions, suggestions for future expansion and feedback about the Clinical Image Bank, contact