Liver Segmentation: A Weakly End-to-End Supervised Model

Youssef Ouassit, Reda Moulouki, Mohammed Yassine El Ghoumari, Mohamed Azzouazi, Soufiane Ardchir

Abstract


Liver segmentation in CT images has multiple clinical applications and is expanding in scope. Clinicians can employ segmentation for pathological diagnosis of liver disease, surgical planning, visualization and volumetric assessment to select the appropriate treatment. However, segmentation of the liver is still a challenging task due to the low contrast in medical images, tissue similarity with neighbor abdominal organs and high scale and shape variability. Recently, deep learning models are the state of art in many natural images processing tasks such as detection, classification, and segmentation due to the availability of annotated data. In the medical field, labeled data is limited due to privacy, expert need, and a time-consuming labeling process. In this paper, we present an efficient model combining a selective pre-processing, augmentation, post-processing and an improved SegCaps network. Our proposed model is an end-to-end learning, fully automatic with a good generalization score on such limited amount of training data. The model has been validated on two 3D liver segmentation datasets and have obtained competitive segmentation results.

Keywords


Segmentation; Capsules Network; Deep Learning; Computed Tomography; Liver volumetry

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