Introduction to the IBSI

The image biomarker standardisation initiative (IBSI) is an independent international collaboration which works towards standardising the extraction of image biomarkers from acquired imaging for the purpose of high-throughput quantitative image analysis (radiomics).

Lack of reproducibility and validation of high-throughput quantitative image analysis studies is considered to be a major challenge for the field. Part of this challenge lies in the scantiness of consensus-based guidelines and definitions for the process of translating acquired imaging into high-throughput image biomarkers.

The IBSI therefore seeks to provide image biomarker nomenclature and definitions, benchmark data sets, and benchmark values to verify image processing and image biomarker calculations, as well as reporting guidelines, for high-throughput image analysis.

IBSI Chapter 1 − COMPLETED!

Chapter 1 of the IBSI (a.k.a. IBSI 1) is dedicated to the standardisation of commonly used radiomic features. IBSI 1 was initiated in September 2016, and it reached completion in March 2020 with the publication of the first IBSI article in the Radiology journal. IBSI 1 consisted of three phases:

From that work, the IBSI established reference values for 169 commonly used features, created a standard radiomics image processing scheme, and developed reporting guidelines for radiomic studies. Other researchers can now use the reference values and standardised radiomic computation workflow established by the IBSI 1 to calibrate their own software. Please follow the instructions in the IBSI 1 tab of this website for that purpose.

IBSI Chapter 2 − ONGOING!

Chapter 2 of the IBSI (a.k.a. IBSI 2) is dedicated to the standardisation of commonly used imaging filters in radiomic studies. Specifically, we address the computation of several convolutional filters in the radiomics workflow (e.g. wavelets, Laplacian of Gaussian, etc.), which can play an important part in highlighting specific image characteristics. IBSI 2 was launched in June 2020 and similarly to IBSI 1, it is divided in three phases:

We welcome the partipation of previous teams that participated to IBSI 1, but also to new teams that would like to join the initiative. Please follow the instructions in the IBSI 2 tab of this website for that purpose.

IBSI Google Group Forum

All participants are welcome to visit the IBSI's Google Group Forum to start any discussion topic about the IBSI.