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Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Tumor Imaging Metrics Core (TIMC)

The Dana-Farber / Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) Tumor Imaging Metrics Core (TIMC) is a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary imaging core laboratory co-directed by Gordon J. Harris, Ph.D. (MGH) and Annick D. Van den Abbeele M.D. (DFCI). The TIMC provides standardized tumor measurements of radiology scans for DF/HCC clinical trials. The TIMC maintains laboratory space at several locations in the Boston area to provide the clinical image analysis and scan review services.

At Massachusetts General Hospital: 320 sq. ft. including one office and four cubicles in a central work area at 25 New Chardon Street, and 64 sq ft in the radiology reading room (Dodd Room).

At Brigham and Women’s Hospital: 64 sq. ft. work area within the radiology 3D Image Processing Center, and 1,200 sq. ft. of shared office and cubicle space off the main campus in the Crosstown satellite facility at 801 Mass Ave.

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: 64 sq. ft. work area in the Radiology department reading room for clinical scan review.

The TIMC operates both Unix and PC-Windows XP-based software applications for the analysis of CT, MR and PET images. The TIMC lab computers include three Hermes image processing workstations, two Hermes image archives 1.2TB each (mirrored), two web servers, two shared image archives, 600MB each (mirrored), four Voxar 3D image processing workstations, five general-purpose PCs and an additional 2TB of image storage. All computers are connected with the hospital network at 1Gb speed with DICOM and LAN-to-LAN connections to the PACS at MGH, BWH, DFCI and BIDMC.

TIMC services are available to all DF/HCC and non-DF/HCC oncology PIs on a fee-for-service basis. Complete information on the DF/HCC Tumor Imaging Metrics Core, including fee structure, can be found on the TIMC website.