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An open-source convolutional neural networks platform for research in medical image analysis and image-guided therapy

Project description


NiftyNet is a TensorFlow-based [1] open-source convolutional neural networks (CNN) platform for research in medical image analysis and image-guided therapy. NiftyNet’s modular structure is designed for sharing networks and pre-trained models. Using this modular structure you can:

  • Get started with established pre-trained networks using built-in tools

  • Adapt existing networks to your imaging data

  • Quickly build new solutions to your own image analysis problems

NiftyNet is a consortium of research groups (WEISS – Wellcome EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences, CMIC – Centre for Medical Image Computing, HIG – High-dimensional Imaging Group), where WEISS acts as the consortium lead.


NiftyNet currently supports medical image segmentation and generative adversarial networks. NiftyNet is not intended for clinical use. Other features of NiftyNet include:

  • Easy-to-customise interfaces of network components

  • Sharing networks and pretrained models

  • Support for 2-D, 2.5-D, 3-D, 4-D inputs [2]

  • Efficient discriminative training with multiple-GPU support

  • Implementation of recent networks (HighRes3DNet, 3D U-net, V-net, DeepMedic)

  • Comprehensive evaluation metrics for medical image segmentation

Getting started and contributing

Please follow the instructions on the NiftyNet source code repository.

Citing NiftyNet

If you use NiftyNet, please cite the following paper:

  author = {Li, Wenqi and Wang, Guotai and Fidon, Lucas and Ourselin, Sebastien and Cardoso, M. Jorge and Vercauteren, Tom},
  title = {On the Compactness, Efficiency, and Representation of 3D Convolutional Networks: Brain Parcellation as a Pretext Task},
  booktitle = {International Conference on Information Processing in Medical Imaging (IPMI)},
  year = {2017}


This project is grateful for the support from the Wellcome Trust, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Department of Health (DoH), University College London (UCL), the Science and Engineering South Consortium (SES), the STFC Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory, and NVIDIA.

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