End-to-end diagnosis and segmentation learning from cardiac magnetic resonance imaging

Gerard Snaauw, Dong Gong, Gabriel Maicas, Anton van den Hengel, Wiro Niessen, Johan Verjans, Gustavo Carneiro

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    Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) is used extensively in the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease. Deep learning methods have proven to deliver segmentation results comparable tohuman experts in CMR imaging, but there have been no convincing results for the problem of end-to-end segmentation and diagnosis from CMR. This is in part due to a lack of sufficiently large datasets required to train robust diagnosis models. In this paper, we proposea learning method to train diagnosis models, where our approach isdesigned to work with relatively small datasets. In particular, the optimisation loss is based on multi-task learning that jointly trains for the tasks of segmentation and diagnosis classification. We hypothesize that segmentation has a regularizing effect on the learning of features relevant for diagnosis. Using the 100 training and 50 testingsamples available from the Automated Cardiac Diagnosis Challenge (ACDC) dataset, which has a balanced distribution of 5 cardiac diagnoses, we observe a reduction of the classification error from 32% to 22%, and a faster convergence compared to a baseline without segmentation. To the best of our knowledge, this is the best diagnosis results from CMR using an end-to-end diagnosis and segmentation learning method.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationISBI 2019 - 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Electronic)9781538636411
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    EventIEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, ISBI 2019 - Venice, Italy
    Duration: 8 Apr 201911 Apr 2019


    ConferenceIEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, ISBI 2019
    Abbreviated titleISBI'19
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