3D fully convolutional networks for intervertebral disc localization and segmentation

Hao Chen, Qi Dou, Xi Wang, Jing Qin, Jack C.Y. Cheng, Pheng Ann Heng

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Accurate localization and segmentation of intervertebral discs (IVDs) from volumetric data is a pre-requisite for clinical diagnosis and treatment planning. With the advance of deep learning, 2D fully convolutional networks (FCN) have achieved state-of-the-art performance on 2D image segmentation related tasks. However, how to segment objects such as IVDs from volumetric data hasn’t been well addressed so far. In order to resolve above problem, we extend the 2D FCN into a 3D variant with end-to-end learning and inference, where voxel-wise predictions are generated. In order to compare the performance of 2D and 3D deep learning methods on volumetric segmentation, two different frameworks are studied: one is a 2D FCN with deep feature representations by making use of adjacent slices, the other one is a 3D FCN with flexible 3D convolutional kernels. We evaluated our methods on the 3D MRI data of MICCAI 2015 Challenge on Automatic Intervertebral Disc Localization and Segmentation. Extensive experimental results corroborated that 3D FCN can achieve a higher localization and segmentation accuracy than 2D FCN, which demonstrates the significance of volumetric information when confronting 3D localization and segmentation tasks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging and Augmented Reality - 7th International Conference, MIAR 2016, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783319437743
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Event7th International Conference on Medical Imaging and Augmented Reality, MIAR 2016 - Bern, Switzerland
Duration: 24 Aug 201626 Aug 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9805 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference7th International Conference on Medical Imaging and Augmented Reality, MIAR 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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