Copyright Status of Webpages

Information that is created by or for the US government on this site is within the public domain. Public domain information on the NIAID TB Portals pages may be freely distributed and copied. However, it is requested that in any subsequent use of this work, NIAID TB Portals be given appropriate acknowledgment.

Natural History Study

Tuberculosis (TB) Portals data is structured as a natural history study, and not an epidemiological study. There is no strict data collection protocol that is uniformly enforced. The notional protocol is to collect information for X/MDR-TB cases of interest at the time of first diagnosis. From that point in time, both retrospective (past) and prospective (future) data collection will commence. Imaging is conducted during the course of treatment at six month intervals. Genomic samples from the most interesting cases are likewise collected at intervals. The data are curated and validated as accurate by physicians at the time of data entry.

Analysis Disclaimer

This NIAID MXDR-TB Data Exploration Portal (DEPOT) provides access to these data and analysis tools to facilitate insights, learning and hypothesis generation. Tuberculosis (TB) Portals data is structured as a natural history study. The goal is to find knowledge that is applicable to drug-resistant and non-drug resistant TB. Any results that might be obtained with analysis of TB Portal data is for research only. The algorithms applied are statistically sound; however, based on the data collection methods, these results may or may not represent the entire TB patient population. Analysis results from this site are not intended for direct use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention or monitoring of a disease or medical condition.

It is not the intention of TB Portals to provide specific medical advice to any user. Specific medical advice will not be provided, and the TB Portals team urges users to consult with a qualified physician for diagnosis and for answers to personal health questions.

Confidential information

The TB Portals team does not want to receive confidential or proprietary information from you through our websites. Please note that any information or material uploaded to TB Portals will be deemed NOT to be confidential.

The X-Ray or CT image file that the user may upload to the TB Portals DEPot is for comparison purposes only and these files are not retained. Note that the DICOM image format contains a header that is capable of storing patient data. The end user is responsible to check for and remove these data prior to upload.

By sending TB Portals any information or material you grant TB Portals an unrestricted, irrevocable license to copy, reproduce, publish, upload, post, transmit, distribute, publicly display, perform, modify, create derivative works from, and otherwise freely use, those materials or information. You also agree that TB Portals is free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques that you send us for any purpose. However, we will not release your name or otherwise publicize the fact that you submitted materials or other information to us unless: (a) we obtain your permission to use your name; or (b) we first notify you that the materials or other information you submit to a particular part of this site will be published or otherwise used with your name on it; or (c) we are required to do so by law.

Use of Web Browsers

The NIAID TB Portals websites support the current release of Chrome, Firefox and Safari, and the previous two versions. It also supports IE9 and newer versions. "Supports" means that NIAID TB Portals will actively work to identify and fix bugs.

Disclaimer of Warranty

The TB Portals team maintains the sites as a service to the TB research community. Use of the TB Portals sites are at your sole risk. All materials, information, services, data and algorithms are provided “as is” with no warranties or guarantees whatsoever. TB Portals team expressly disclaims to the fullest extent permitted by law all express, implied, statutory, and other warranties of fitness to a particular purpose, and non-infringement of proprietary and intellectual property rights. Without limitation the TB Portals team makes no warranty or guarantee that this website will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free.

You understand and agree that if you download or otherwise obtain materials, information, or services from this website, you do so at your own discretion and risk and that you will be solely responsible for any damages that may result, including loss of data or damage to your computer systems. These sites are not intended for direct use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention or monitoring of a disease or medical condition.