The Liver Tumor Segmentation Benchmark (LiTS)

P. Bilic, P.F. Christ, E. Vorontsov, G. Chlebus, H. Chen, Q. Dou, C.-W. Fu, X. Han, P.-A. Heng, J. Hesser, S. Kadoury, T. Konopczynski, M. Le, C. Li, X. Li, J. Lipkovà, J. Lowengrub, H. Meine, J.H. Moltz, C. Pal, M. Piraud, X. Qi, J. Qi, M. Rempfler, K. Roth, A. Schenk, A. Sekuboyina, E. Vorontsov, P. Zhou, C. Hülsemeyer, M. Beetz, F. Ettlinger, F. Gruen, G. Kaissis, F. Lohöfer, R. Braren, J. Holch, F. Hofmann, W. Sommer, V. Heinemann, C. Jacobs, G.E.H. Mamani, B. van Ginneken, G. Chartrand, A. Tang, M. Drozdzal, A. Ben-Cohen, E. Klang, M.M. Amitai, E. Konen, H. Greenspan, J. Moreau, A. Hostettler, L. Soler, R. Vivanti, A. Szeskin, N. Lev-Cohain, J. Sosna, L. Joskowicz and B.H. Menze

arXiv:1901.04056 2019


In this work, we report the set-up and results of the Liver Tumor Segmentation Benchmark (LITS) organized in conjunction with the IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI) 2016 and International Conference On Medical Image Computing Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) 2017. Twenty four valid state-of-the-art liver and liver tumor segmentation algorithms were applied to a set of 131 computed tomography (CT) volumes with different types of tumor contrast levels (hyper-/hypo-intense), abnormalities in tissues (metastasectomie) size and varying amount of lesions. The submitted algorithms have been tested on 70 undisclosed volumes. The dataset is created in collaboration with seven hospitals and research institutions and manually reviewed by independent three radiologists. We found that not a single algorithm performed best for liver and tumors. The best liver segmentation algorithm achieved a Dice score of 0.96(MICCAI) whereas for tumor segmentation the best algorithm evaluated at 0.67(ISBI) and 0.70(MICCAI). The LITS image data and manual annotations continue to be publicly available through an online evaluation system as an ongoing benchmarking resource.