LIFEx reads DICOM images locally or over a network using a DICOM browser, is compatible with Osirix and includes a powerful 3D reconstruction-based slice viewer. Volume of interest (VOI) can be either imported from previously created files or drawn and manipulated using LIFEx. Results are exported in Excel format files. LIFEx runs on Windows, MacOs and Linux. It is distributed with examples and includes a tutorial. User support is offered. Users can optionally contribute to the gathering of index values in different tissue types and different images as a public data bank of reference values is currently being built and integrated to the software for assisting the users with the interpretation of their results.
Texture analysis is gaining considerable interest in medical imaging, in particular to identify parameters that might characterize tumor heterogeneity. We developed an easy-to-use freeware enabling calculation of a broad range of conventional, textural and shape indices from PET, MR and CT images.
The software is written in Java and does not rely on any commercial libraries. LIFEx is dedicated to researchers, radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians and oncologists that giving access to 42 histogram, textural and shape indices in addition to conventional indices and where users can change calculation options (e.g. resampling method and number of grey levels for textural analysis).