Imaging biobanks in oncology: European perspective

Emanuele Neri, Daniele Regge

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Imaging biobanks as defined by the European Society of Radiology are "organised databases of medical images, and associated imaging biomarkers (radiology and beyond), shared among multiple researchers, linked to other biorepositories". Oncologic imaging biobanks are developed mainly for research purposes. These biobanks may be developed in academic centers, or with the support of industry. The awareness of their importance is gradually increasing in the oncologic community. It is difficult to determine which oncologic domain of research will benefit from the implementation of imaging biobanks. One of the most foreseeable applications could be the correlation between imaging phenotype and genotype. For this reason imaging biobanks should be embedded in wider biobanks networks, as for example the European-based Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-441
Number of pages9
JournalFuture Oncology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2017


  • biomarkers
  • biomarkers/oncogenes/molecular oncology
  • gastrointestinal/colorectal
  • imaging
  • lung
  • pharmacogenetics
  • prognosis
  • risk factors
  • solid tumors
  • staging
  • urologic/prostate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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