Data can be automatically or manually uploaded to Flywheel. For example, Flywheel can connect directly to an imaging device, such as a MRI scanner, to import data as soon as the experiment is finished. You can also manually upload existing data in several ways.
This article gives an overview of automatic and manual upload.
When available, having a Flywheel Connector is the most effective way to get data into Flywheel. The Flywheel group, project, and subject information are entered directly at the scanner so the Connector knows how to organize the acquired data in Flywheel.
If a Flywheel Connector is not available, or if you have historical data, there are several ways to manually upload data into Flywheel.
With the DICOM Uploader you can upload a collection of DICOM files from your computer to Flywheel. This works well for a single acquisition or small sessions. However, even modern browsers make loading large files and folders this way difficult. If you're loading large projects with many sessions or subjects, we highly recommend using other methods.
Flywheel's Command Line Interface (CLI) can be installed on MacOS, Linux, and Windows systems. This is an additional Flywheel program you download to use on your computer's Command Prompt or Terminal app. The CLI provides a reliable way to import large amounts of data. It has a variety of flexible methods to import the data without needing to change how it is stored your local drive.
It is important to remove personal health information (PHI) or to de-identify the data before importing it to Flywheel. Flywheel offers a number of methods for de-identifying data. If you are unsure how to de-identify your data, contact your Site or Project Admin because they may have already set up automatic de-identification.