What’s new in 1.1#

  • Digital pathology workflows

  • Experiment management for MONAI bundle

  • Auto3dSeg enhancements

  • New models in MONAI Model Zoo

  • State-of-the-art SurgToolLoc solution

Digital pathology workflows#


Hover-Net is a model for simultaneous segmentation and classification of nuclei in multi-tissue histology images (Graham et al. Medical Image Analysis, 2019). We have added support for this model in MONAI by implementing several new components, enhancing existing ones and providing pipelines and examples for training, validation and inference.

Along with the modules release, new digital pathology analysis tutorials are made available:

Experiment management for MONAI bundle#


In this release, experiment management features are integrated with MONAI bundle. It provides essential APIs for managing the end-to-end model bundle lifecycle. Users can start tracking experiments by, for example, appending --tracking "mlflow" to the training or inference commands to enable the MLFlow-based management. By default, MLFlow will track the executed bundle config, model quality measurements, and source code versioning. For more details, please refer to the tutorial.

Auto3dSeg enhancements#

Multiple improvements have been added in Auto3DSeg both in terms of usability and performance.

  • Multi-modality support is added and applied for automated segmentation of the HECKTOR22 challenge dataset, which includes input 3D CT and PET images of various resolutions and sizes. A tutorial example of running Auto3DSeg on the HECKTOR22 challenge dataset is available in MONAI Tutorials. The tutorial is based on the HECKTOR22 challenge 1st place solution.

  • A new improved version of Segresnet Algo is now available in AutoRunner. In this version, data caching is more efficient and the preprocessing transforms are more flexible. The workflow progresses including the timings of steps are written to console output as well as a YAML file.

  • Automatic customization and optimization of the model training configuration can be achieved according to the GPU devices used. The feature focuses on determining parameters including batch size of model training and sliding-window inference, allocated devices for data in sliding-window inference. For more details about how to enable it, please see the tutorials.

New models in MONAI Model Zoo#

New pretrained models are being created and released in the Model Zoo. Notably,

  • The mednist_reg model demonstrates how to build image registration workflows in MONAI bundle format. The model uses a ResNet and spatial transformer for hand X-ray image registration based on the registration_mednist tutorial,

  • pathology_nuclei_segmentation_and_classification, pathology_nuclick_annotation, and pathology_nuclei_classification bundles are built for digital pathology image analysis.

For more details about how to use the models, please see the tutorials.

State-of-the-art SurgToolLoc solution#

SurgToolLoc is a part of the EndoVis challenge at MICCAI 2022. The challenge focuses on endoscopic video analysis and is divided into (1) fully supervised tool classification and (2) weakly supervised tool classification/localization. Team NVIDIA won prizes by finishing third in both categories. The core components of the solutions are released in MONAI.