Tuberculosis (TB) is a major problem of Belarus Public Health
Recently situation has been complicated with emergence and development of MDR/XDR TB and HIV/TB which require long-term treatment. Many and the most severe cases usually disseminate across the country to different TB dispensaries. The ability of leading Belarus TB specialists to follow such patients will be greatly improved by using a common database containing patients’ radiological images, lab work and clinical data. This will also significantly improve adherence to the treatment protocol and result in a better record of the treatment outcomes.
Criteria for inclusion clinical cases in the database of the portal:
patients admitted to the MDR-TB department of RSPC of Pulmonology and Tuberculosis with diagnosed or suspected of MDR-TB, which conducted CT - study (± 2 months from the date of registration)
Approximately 420 examinations are provided as CT scans. Database features include the detailed clinical information, more than 90 database fields for the image selection.
All the images from this cohort have a confirmed diagnosis of tuberculosis (both sensitive or resistant to therapy).
Patient case files containing clinical legend are available for those persons who were subjected to a more than one examination procedure.
Collection of more than 9000 images of the lungs. All images were taken from patients who had attended medical institutions for tuberculosis diagnosis and investigation. There is no reliable confirmation of the tuberculosis diagnosis for the series of these scans and a single images.
If a patient had been examined more than one time, then we provide data based on all available examinations with examination dates. The database provides a functionality to select the series of images according to the gender and age of the patients. We hope that the archive (database) will be useful for specialists working in the sphere of medical image processing.
Original review articles written on the problem of tuberculosis in the world and in Belarus.
Links to relevant information resources. Web addresses of organizations who perform tuberculosis research (not only on the drug resistant disease), links to the alternative open source image databases, produced on a similar topics, lists of research publications are provided in this section of our portal.
Research experience on image analysis. Working on lung CT and X-Ray image archives.
Preliminary results of an exploratory study of possible correlations between the drug resistance and textural (structural) features of radiological images of lung tuberculosis patients.