UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
The number of NIH-funded research grants and projects using imaging technology is steadily increasing at the University of Washington (UW). The Department of Radiology has installed dedicated high-end research scanners (e.g., 3T MRI, PET-CT, microPET, etc) during the last 3 years to support original and collaborative research in the UW research communities. One challenge for investigators who use imaging technology is to handle a large amount of imaging data. Currently, there is no centralized way to store imaging data for data analysis and research use. Each imaging site has been operating an independent small data server system to manage specific data. However, the distributed management of imaging data creates inefficiency in data access, management, and cost to the funding agencies. To improve the overall handling of imaging data, we propose to install a centralized Network Attached Storage (NAS) system dedicated for imaging sciences research conducted at the University of Washington. This not only will help currently funded research projects, but will also aid future NIH grant submissions and imaging research projects and facilitate imaging sciences research.