VerSe`19: Large Scale Vertebrae Segmentation Challenge

The Large Scale Vertebrae Segmentation Challenge (VerSe2019) has been accepted to be held in conjunction with MICCAI 2019, Shenzen, China.  


Announcements

  • 11 June `19: Training data (Phase 2) released! (Download from the 'Data' page)
  • 1 June `19: Postponement of Training data (Phase 2): The release of the second phase of data has been tentatively postponed to 10 June, 2019.  
  • 17 May `19: Training data (Phase 1) released! (Download from the 'Data' page). More details regarding the two class of algorithms: fully-automated and interactive, will follow soon.
  • 16 May `19: The data host is facing an unexpected IT-related issue due to the file size. We are currently fixing this. Once fixed, the registration requests will be approved and the Phase 1 for training will be made available. Thank you for your patience!


Overview

Spine or vertebral segmentation is a crucial step in all applications regarding automated quantification of spinal morphology and pathology. With the advent of deep learning, for such a task on computed tomography (CT) scans, a big and varied data is a primary sought-after resource. However, a large-scale, public dataset is currently unavailable.

Key highlights of this challenge include:
  • Public release of a spine dataset with an unprecedented 150 (+50 hidden) CT scans with voxel-level vertebral annotations.
  • Two sub-tasks, evaluated and ranked separately: (1) Vertebral localisation and identification. (2) Vertebral segmentation.
  • Submissions can be fully-automated and semi-automated/interactive algorithms.
  • Best-performing in each sub-tasks and of all varieties, along with off-beat approaches will be collected, analysed, and presented in a journal article co-authored with the contributors.
  • Contributors retain the intellectual rights to the submitted codes. The organisers will use it solely towards analysis and manuscripts related to the challenge.


Important Dates:

  • Training data release:
    Phase 1 (15 16 May, 2019)
    Phase 2 (30 May 11 June, 2019)
    Phase 3 (TBA)
  • Test data release: TBA
  • Submission opens: TBA
  • Submission deadline: TBA
  • Additional Dates: Docker submission opening and closing.


Sponsorship

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No  637164 — iBack — ERC-2014-STG)