XNAT's extensibility and flexibility allows you to support multiple types of studies. This documentation will show you how to configure XNAT features to support several example study types.

Determine Your Study Requirements with a Project Intake Document

Knowing how to translate your PI's requirements into XNAT features and capabilities can be a tricky process. This project intake document can help. It helps you gather answers to the following study components:

Presentation on Project Intake from the XNAT Workshop. Presenter: Jenny Gurney, CNDA Admin

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Supporting Common Study Types with Project Configurations

Once you have gathered your requirements, you can apply some standard configuration options to support the most common study types. If your study falls outside of one of these prototypes, you may need additional customization as well. Feel free to consult the XNAT Discussion Group for advice from other XNAT admins and developers.

Presentation on Project Configurations from the XNAT Workshop.

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Prospective Data Study Configuration

For studies that are actively enrolling subjects and capturing new data...

If you know you have a precise protocol of data to collect from every subject, you can use the Visits and Protocols plugin to reflect this in XNAT. This will allow you to monitor what data has been collected, and what is expected, and what exceptions have been made for each subject in your study.

Project Creation Settings: See Creating and Managing Projects

Supporting Clinical Data Types

Importing Imaging Data From Scanners or PACS: See Connecting XNAT to DICOM Scanners and PACS

Installing and Running Pipelines: See Installing Pipelines in XNAT

Managing User Access: See Understanding User Roles and Permissions

Facilitating Resource Uploads: See Adding Or Removing Resource Files

Retrospective Data Study Configuration

For studies that are amassing large quantities of data from other previous studies...

Project Creation Settings: See Creating and Managing Projects

Uploading Image Data in Bulk

Searching and Data Mining Existing Data: See Using the Advanced Search

Installing and Running Pipelines: See Installing Pipelines in XNAT

Managing User Access: See Understanding User Roles and Permissions

Facilitating Resource Uploads: See Adding Or Removing Resource Files


Multi-Site Study Configuration

For studies that are collecting data from multiple federated sites...

Supporting Multi-site studies can be done in a single XNAT with multiple projects (one for each site, plus an "umbrella" project), or via multiple XNATs using the Project Sync plugin. See: XNAT Project Sync (Xsync) for installation and usage documentation.

Project Creation Settings: See Creating and Managing Projects

Supporting Clinical Data Types

Importing Imaging Data From Scanners or PACS: See Connecting XNAT to DICOM Scanners and PACS

Installing and Running Pipelines: See Installing Pipelines in XNAT

Managing User Access: See Understanding User Roles and Permissions

Facilitating Resource Uploads: See Adding Or Removing Resource Files

Sharing Data Between Sites: See Understanding Data Sharing in XNAT's Security Structure


Longitudinal Study

For studies that are collecting data from subjects at multiple points over time...

If you have a predictable visit frequency for your subjects, you can use the Visits and Protocols plugin to reflect this in XNAT. This adds the ability to add data to specific visits, open and close visits for reporting purposes, and ensure that you are getting the data you need at each point.