Brain tumor segmentation challenges – Graylight Imaging’s success

brain scans without brain tumor segmentation performed yet

Brain tumors are one of the most lethal kinds of cancer. Glioblastoma is the most frequent and severe malignant primary central nervous system tumor. It is characterized by high inherent variability in appearance, shape and histology and unfortunately a very poor survival rate. We have been working on AI-enabled brain tumor segmentation and analysis for the past several years. In the 2021 we informed you that our data scientists were top ranked in RSNA-ASNR-MICCAI 2021 Brain Tumor Segmentation (BraTS) Challenge. In 2022 edition they did even better.

Brain tumor segmentation challenges

In the 2022 we submitted our algorithm to two competitions: The Federated Tumor Segmentation Challenge 2022 (FeTS) and again to the Brain Tumor Segmentation Challenge (BraTS). The results were supposed to be announced at International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention MICCAI 2022 held from September 18th to 22nd in Singapore.

Federated Tumor Segmentation Challenge 2022

Even though international competitions have established the de facto norm for validating medical image analysis algorithms, the question about their performance on real-world data and the clinical environment remains. That’s exactly why FeTS is so exceptional: every brain tumor algorithm is evaluated based on real-world data from 32 independent institutions from the collaborative network of the FeTS Initiative. Its initial edition was also the first federated learning challenge ever presented. In this challenge, our team took on the second task (“Federated Evaluation, in-the-wild”), which required participants to explore algorithmic generalizability on out-of-sample data using federated evaluation of segmentation algorithms. We are delighted to inform that the Graylight Imaging team came in second place, just one position behind the champions!

Brain Tumor Segmentation Challenge 2022

But that is not the end of great news. This year’s edition of BraTS challenge was very different form past editions – and everything because of datasets. In 2022 algorithms were tested on 3 different datasets:

  • BraTS 2021 testing dataset
  • SSA dataset: an independent multi-institutional dataset covering underrepresented Sub-Saharan Africa adult patient populations of brain diffuse glioma
  • PED dataset: an independent pediatric population of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma patients

Our team’s deep-learning model placed second on the PED dataset and third on the SSA dataset, demonstrating its superior performance and generalizability.

We want to express our warmest congratulations to the entire team. We are honored to have received such acclaim for our work, which was up against models created by world-class specialists in AI-enabled medical image analysis and tumor segmentation.