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3D Radiological Data

We are currently improving the display of data visualizations on ScienceDirect. As a result, 3D visualizations will not display on ScienceDirect immediately. However, you may still submit your data files and they will appear with your article once the new version is available later in 2018.

About visualizing 3D radiological data

With the 3D Radiological Viewer, radiological data is visualized within an interactive viewer in the article on ScienceDirect.

The 3D Radiological Viewer provides authors and readers with many benefits. It:

3D radiological data dashboard
  • enables authors to enrich and extend their articles by optimally expressing the results of research through improved visualization

  • provides a way for authors to highlight their findings in a visual and easily accessible manner

  • helps readers quickly understand the relevance of a research paper

  • lets readers visualize research data for deeper insights and access the underlying data

  • contributes to a better understanding of experiments described in the article and encourages the reproducibility of science

The 3D Radiological Data Viewer visualizes data obtained from MR, CT, US, etc. imaging modalities in DICOM format. This enables readers to:

  • browse through available radiological datasets

  • explore radiological data as 2D series, 2D orthogonal MPR (multiplanar reconstruction), 3D volume rendering and 3D MIP (maximum intensity projection)

  • zoom, rotate and pan 3D reconstructions

  • cut through the volume

  • change opacity and threshold level

  • download the data

  • open the viewer in a detached full-screen mode

The Viewer was developed in collaboration with Kitware SASopens in new tab/window and supports all major browsers and mobile devices.

Author instructions


The 3D Radiological Viewer supports the DICOM data formatopens in new tab/window.

DICOM files may include patient information and will be available to download from ScienceDirect. Therefore your data must be anonymized prior to submission. This means that all confidential metadata must be removed, and series of images must be anonymized. You will need to confirm that your data has been anonymized by answering the mandatory question in the online submission system.

Anonymization refers to irreversibly severing a dataset from the identity of the data contributor in a study to prevent any future re-identification, even by the study organizers under any condition.

The HIPAA Bookletopens in new tab/window states two methods that are acceptable:

  1. Remove all data defined by 18 classes of identifiers (the "safe harbor" method)

  2. Obtain confirmation from a qualified statistician that the risk of identification is very small (the "expert determination" method)

We highly recommend you use the first method. There are many tools to perform anonymization, including:

Please zip each dataset; the recommended size of a single uncompressed dataset is ≤200 MB. Prepare a short informative description for each data file before submission.


In your manuscript, you can indicate where you want the material to appear in the article, for example by writing ‘DICOM File1 here’.

  • Submit your dataset(s) in DICOM format with your manuscript via the online submission system

  • Multiple datasets can be submitted with a single article

  • Submit each zipped dataset via the online submission system using the “3D radiological data” submission category

  • Enter your short description(s) in the "Description" field when uploading your data

Note: Please ensure that all DICOM files are anonymized prior to submission. Please do not upload your files if you have any doubts about whether anonymization has been done properly.

3D Radiological Viewer will appear in the online version of your article. The PDF/printed version of your article will feature static figures only (if those figures are included in the article manuscript).

Reviewer instructions

Instructions are included in the reviewer invitation letter.

For more information, read the general reviewer instructions for Content Innovation.

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