Multi-view Vertebra Localization and Identification from CT Images

Han Wu, Jiadong Zhang, Yu Fang, Zhentao Liu, Nizhuan Wang, Zhiming Cui (Corresponding Author), Dinggang Shen (Corresponding Author)

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Accurately localizing and identifying vertebra from CT images is crucial for various clinical applications. However, most existing efforts are performed on 3D with cropping patch operation, suffering from the large computation costs and limited global information. In this paper, we propose a multi-view vertebra localization and identification from CT images, converting the 3D problem into a 2D localization and identification task on different views. Without the limitation of the 3D cropped patch, our method can learn the multi-view global information naturally. Moreover, to better capture the anatomical structure information from different view perspectives, a multi-view contrastive learning strategy is developed to pre-train the backbone. Additionally, we further propose a Sequence Loss to maintain the sequential structure embedded along the vertebrae. Evaluation results demonstrate that, with only two 2D networks, our method can localize and identify vertebrae in CT images accurately, and outperforms the state-of-the-art methods consistently. Our code is available at

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2023
Subtitle of host publication26th International Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada, October 8–12, 2023, Proceedings, Part V
EditorsHayit Greenspan, Anant Madabhushi, Parvin Mousavi, Septimiu Salcudean, James Duncan, Tanveer Syeda-Mahmood, Russell Taylor
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783031439049
ISBN (Print)9783031439032
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2023
Externally publishedYes
Event26th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2023 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 8 Oct 202312 Oct 2023

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume14224 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference26th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2023


  • Contrastive learning
  • Sequence Loss
  • Vertebra localization and identification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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