TCIApathfinder: An R Client for the Cancer Imaging Archive REST API

Cancer Res. 2018 Aug 1;78(15):4424-4426. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-18-0678. Epub 2018 Jun 5.


The Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA) hosts publicly available deidentified medical images of cancer from over 25 body sites and over 30,000 patients. Over 400 published studies have utilized freely available TCIA images. Images and metadata are available for download through a web interface or a REST API. Here, we present TCIApathfinder, an R client for the TCIA REST API. TCIApathfinder wraps API access in user-friendly R functions that can be called interactively within an R session or easily incorporated into scripts. Functions are provided to explore the contents of the large database and to download image files. TCIApathfinder provides easy access to TCIA resources in the highly popular R programming environment. TCIApathfinder is freely available under the MIT license as a package on CRAN ( and from These findings present a new tool, TCIApathfinder, the first client for The Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA) for use in the highly popular R computing environment, that will dramatically lower the barrier of access to the valuable tools in TCIA. Cancer Res; 78(15); 4424-6. ©2018 AACR.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Factual
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Software