Institutions wishing to submit patient treatment-planning data in digital form for ATC supported protocols must be credentialed to do so prior to being allowed to submit such data for patients in these studies. This is accomplished by completing the following steps at the ATC website: http://atc.wustl.edu :
1. Submit a completed Facility Questionnaire for protocol
2. Review the instructions for data submission
3. Submit and successfully complete a protocol-specific Dry Run test
Digital patient treatment planning data must be submitted in one of two possible digital formats:
An institutions treatment planning system must have the capability of exporting data in either of these formats. A list of commercial systems that are known to have this capability are listed on the ATC website (http://atc.wustl.edu/credentialing/atc_compliant_tps.html). Institutions must obtain a username and password to permit submission of data to ATC servers. Please contact the Image Guided Therapy QA Center (email@example.com) to request an account. Include your institution name and any other identifying information for your institution.
Digital data submitted to the ATC for either a dry run or an actual, registered protocol case must include the following in accordance with the appropriate (protocol) requirements:
SUBMITTING DIGITAL DATA VIA THE INTERNET
Digital patient treatment planning data in RTOG Data Exchange or DICOM format can be submitted directly to the ITC using Secure FTP (SFTP). Please use the following steps to submit data via SFTP:
1. Contact the ITC (firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-747-5415) to obtain an SFTP account.
2. Connect to ITCsubmit.wustl.edu using an SFTP (SSH2) client program and login with the provided username and password.
3. Change (cd) to the "incoming" directory.
4. Create a new sub-directory (mkdir) within "incoming" with a name that is pertinent to the data that you are submitting, Please use only alphanumeric characters, periods ("."), hyphens ("-") and underscores ("_") in directory names or filenames.
5. Upload files.
6. Send e-mail to email@example.com to indicate that you have uploaded protocol case data. Please identify the study group, protocol, and case number for the submission.
7. Submit an online DDSI (Digital Data Submission Information) form from the ATC web site.
Digital patient treatment planning data may also be written on 4mm tape cartridge or CD-R. Please consult your treatment planning system documentation to see if this is an option for you.
Contact the ITC if you have any questions about either of these formats or your RTP systemís ability to comply with these requirements. You may also consult the list of commercial systems that are known to have this capability on the ATC website.