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DeID - a data sharing tool for neuroimaging studies.

Song X, Wang J, Wang A, Meng Q, Prescott C, Tsu L, Eckert MA - Front Neurosci (2015)

Bottom Line: We have developed a Java program that users can use to remove identifying information in neuroimaging datasets, while still maintaining the association among different data types from the same subject for further studies.This software provides a series of user interaction wizards to allow users to select data variables to be de-identified, implements functions for auditing and validation of de-identified data, and enables the user to share the de-identified data in a single compressed package through various communication protocols, such as FTPS and SFTP.DeID runs with Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems and its open architecture allows it to be easily adapted to support a broader array of data types, with the goal of facilitating data sharing.

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Affiliation: School of Computing, Clemson University Clemson, SC, USA.

ABSTRACT
Funding institutions and researchers increasingly expect that data will be shared to increase scientific integrity and provide other scientists with the opportunity to use the data with novel methods that may advance understanding in a particular field of study. In practice, sharing human subject data can be complicated because data must be de-identified prior to sharing. Moreover, integrating varied data types collected in a study can be challenging and time consuming. For example, sharing data from structural imaging studies of a complex disorder requires the integration of imaging, demographic and/or behavioral data in a way that no subject identifiers are included in the de-identified dataset and with new subject labels or identification values that cannot be tracked back to the original ones. We have developed a Java program that users can use to remove identifying information in neuroimaging datasets, while still maintaining the association among different data types from the same subject for further studies. This software provides a series of user interaction wizards to allow users to select data variables to be de-identified, implements functions for auditing and validation of de-identified data, and enables the user to share the de-identified data in a single compressed package through various communication protocols, such as FTPS and SFTP. DeID runs with Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems and its open architecture allows it to be easily adapted to support a broader array of data types, with the goal of facilitating data sharing. DeID can be obtained at http://www.nitrc.org/projects/deid.

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Header visualization and auditing.
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Figure 9: Header visualization and auditing.

Mentions: Contributors may be uncertain that all of the potential identifiers have been detected and removed from a header file given the numerous fields in these files. For example, in Analyze 7.5 (hdr/img) images, the fields “Description,” “Scan number,” “Patient ID,” “Experiment Date,” could play a significant role in re-identifying the subject or be used to confirm the subject's identity from large databases of neuroimaging data. This kind of hidden information is difficult to detect using many existing tools because of visualization and editing limitations. DeID provides a header visualization function that enables users to audit image headers. As shown in Figure 9, potential fields such as “Description” are highlighted differently from other fields to indicate that they can be edited, while fields such as “Dimensions” cannot be edited to preserve image format and display parameters that are necessary for subsequent image processing.


DeID - a data sharing tool for neuroimaging studies.

Song X, Wang J, Wang A, Meng Q, Prescott C, Tsu L, Eckert MA - Front Neurosci (2015)

Header visualization and auditing.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4585207&req=5

Figure 9: Header visualization and auditing.
Mentions: Contributors may be uncertain that all of the potential identifiers have been detected and removed from a header file given the numerous fields in these files. For example, in Analyze 7.5 (hdr/img) images, the fields “Description,” “Scan number,” “Patient ID,” “Experiment Date,” could play a significant role in re-identifying the subject or be used to confirm the subject's identity from large databases of neuroimaging data. This kind of hidden information is difficult to detect using many existing tools because of visualization and editing limitations. DeID provides a header visualization function that enables users to audit image headers. As shown in Figure 9, potential fields such as “Description” are highlighted differently from other fields to indicate that they can be edited, while fields such as “Dimensions” cannot be edited to preserve image format and display parameters that are necessary for subsequent image processing.

Bottom Line: We have developed a Java program that users can use to remove identifying information in neuroimaging datasets, while still maintaining the association among different data types from the same subject for further studies.This software provides a series of user interaction wizards to allow users to select data variables to be de-identified, implements functions for auditing and validation of de-identified data, and enables the user to share the de-identified data in a single compressed package through various communication protocols, such as FTPS and SFTP.DeID runs with Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems and its open architecture allows it to be easily adapted to support a broader array of data types, with the goal of facilitating data sharing.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: School of Computing, Clemson University Clemson, SC, USA.

ABSTRACT
Funding institutions and researchers increasingly expect that data will be shared to increase scientific integrity and provide other scientists with the opportunity to use the data with novel methods that may advance understanding in a particular field of study. In practice, sharing human subject data can be complicated because data must be de-identified prior to sharing. Moreover, integrating varied data types collected in a study can be challenging and time consuming. For example, sharing data from structural imaging studies of a complex disorder requires the integration of imaging, demographic and/or behavioral data in a way that no subject identifiers are included in the de-identified dataset and with new subject labels or identification values that cannot be tracked back to the original ones. We have developed a Java program that users can use to remove identifying information in neuroimaging datasets, while still maintaining the association among different data types from the same subject for further studies. This software provides a series of user interaction wizards to allow users to select data variables to be de-identified, implements functions for auditing and validation of de-identified data, and enables the user to share the de-identified data in a single compressed package through various communication protocols, such as FTPS and SFTP. DeID runs with Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems and its open architecture allows it to be easily adapted to support a broader array of data types, with the goal of facilitating data sharing. DeID can be obtained at http://www.nitrc.org/projects/deid.

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