The Federated Tumor Segmentation (FeTS) initiative

The Federated Tumor Segmentation (FeTS) initiative, describes the on-going development of i) the largest international federation of healthcare institutions, and ii) an open-source toolkit with a user-friendly GUI, aiming at gaining knowledge for tumor boundary detection from ample and diverse patient populations without sharing any patient data.

The FeTS toolkit focuses on:

  1. bringing pre- trained segmentation models of numerous deep learning algorithms and their fusion, closer to clinical experts and researchers, thereby enabling easy quantification of new radiographic scans and comparative evaluation of new algorithms. 
  2. allowing secure multi- institutional collaborations via federated learning to improve these pre-trained models without sharing patient data, thereby overcoming legal, privacy, and data-ownership challenges.

Successful completion of this project will lead to an easy-to-use potentially-translatable tool enabling easy, fast, objective, repeatable and accurate tumor segmentation, without requiring a computational background by the user, and while facilitating further analysis of tumor radio-phenotypes towards accelerating discovery. 

Map of collaborating sites
FeTS Collaborating Sites


Supporting Grant: This work is partly funded through the NIH/NCI/ITCR-supported grant U01CA242871.

Disclaimer: The software is designed for research purposes and is neither FDA-approved, nor CE-marked.


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