Welcome to The DCE Tool for ClearCanvas

DCE-CT/MR stands for "Dynamic Contrast-enhanced Computed Tomography/Magnetic Resonance".  The DCE Tool, within the ClearCanvas framework, is a software plug-in for developing and sharing research results using DCE-CT/MR perfusion studies.  The development of The DCE Tool is funded by the Imaging Translation Platform (ITP) of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR).  This tool is free for use for basic science, translational, and clinical research purposes.

Why did we create The DCE Tool?

Angiogenesis, or the formation of new blood vessels, plays a critical role in the process of cancer progression.  It is also a physiologic surrogate of tumor biology (i.e. tumor aggressiveness) and environmental stress (i.e. hypoxia) that may influence a tumor's response to treatment.  Although DCE-CT/MR perfusion studies can provide a direct and quantitative assessment of tumor blood flow, the analysis of these studies are computationally demanding and time consuming.

This tool is strictly PROHIBITED for clinical use. It has NOT been approved by Health Canada for use in clinical trials