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Tong, gray, gao, et al., 2017, Multi-modal classification of Alzheimer's disease using nonlinear graph fusion, Pattern Recognition, ISSN: 1873-5142
Glocker B, Konukoglu E, Lavdas I, et al., 2016, Correction of Fat-Water Swaps in Dixon MRI, 19th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI 2016), Publisher: Springer Verlag, ISSN: 0302-9743
Parisot S, Glocker B, Schirmer MD, et al., 2016, GraMPa: Graph-based Multi-modal Parcellation of the Cortex using Fusion Moves, 19th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI 2016), Publisher: Springer Verlag, ISSN: 0302-9743
Baumgartner CH, Kamnitsas K, Matthew J, et al., 2016, Real-time standard scan plane detection and localisation in fetal ultrasound using fully convolutional neural networks, International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention MICCAI 206, Publisher: Springer, Pages: 203-211
Fetal mid-pregnancy scans are typically carried out accordingto fixed protocols. Accurate detection of abnormalities and correctbiometric measurements hinge on the correct acquisition of clearlydefined standard scan planes. Locating these standard planes requires ahigh level of expertise. However, there is a worldwide shortage of expertsonographers. In this paper, we consider a fully automated system basedon convolutional neural networks which can detect twelve standard scanplanes as defined by the UK fetal abnormality screening programme. Thenetwork design allows real-time inference and can be naturally extendedto provide an approximate localisation of the fetal anatomy in the image.Such a framework can be used to automate or assist with scan planeselection, or for the retrospective retrieval of scan planes from recordedvideos. The method is evaluated on a large database of 1003 volunteermid-pregnancy scans. We show that standard planes acquired in a clinicalscenario are robustly detected with a precision and recall of 69 %and 80 %, which is superior to the current state-of-the-art. Furthermore,we show that it can retrospectively retrieve correct scan planes with anaccuracy of 71 % for cardiac views and 81 % for non-cardiac views.
Alansary A, Kamnitsas K, Davidson A, et al., 2016, Fast Fully Automatic Segmentation of the Human Placenta from Motion Corrupted MRI, 19th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI 2016), Publisher: Springer Verlag, ISSN: 0302-9743
Qin C, Moreno RG, Bowles C, et al., 2016, A semi-supervised large margin algorithm for white matter hyperintensity segmentation, 7th International Workshop, MLMI 2016, Held in Conjunction with MICCAI 2016, Publisher: Springer Verlag, Pages: 104-112
Precise detection and quantification of white matter hyperintensities (WMH) is of great interest in studies of neurodegenerative diseases (NDs). In this work, we propose a novel semi-supervised large margin algorithm for the segmentation of WMH. The proposed algorithm optimizes a kernel based max-margin objective function which aims to maximize the margin averaged over inliers and outliers while exploiting a limited amount of available labelled data. We show that the learning problem can be formulated as a joint framework learning a classifier and a label assignment simultaneously, which can be solved efficiently by an iterative algorithm. We evaluate our method on a database of 280 brain Magnetic Resonance (MR) images from subjects that either suffered from subjective memory complaints or were diagnosed with NDs. The segmented WMH volumes correlate well with the standard clinical measurement (Fazekas score), and both the qualitative visualization results and quantitative correlation scores of the proposed algorithm outperform other well known methods for WMH segmentation.
Guerrero R, Ledig C, Schmidt-Richberg A, et al., 2016, Group-constrained manifold learning: Application to AD risk assessment, PATTERN RECOGNITION, Vol: 63, Pages: 570-582, ISSN: 0031-3203
Kanavati F, Tong T, Misawa K, et al., 2016, Supervoxel Classification Forests for Estimating Pairwise Image Correspondences, Pattern Recognition, Vol: 63, Pages: 561-569, ISSN: 0031-3203
This article presents a general method for estimating pairwise image correspondences,which is a fundamental problem in image analysis. The method consistsof over-segmenting a pair of images into supervoxels. A forest classifier is thentrained on one of the images, the source, by using supervoxel indices as voxelwiseclass labels. Applying the forest on the other image, the target, yields asupervoxel labelling, which is then regularised using majority voting within theboundaries of the target’s supervoxels. This yields semi-dense correspondencesin a fully automatic, unsupervised, efficient and robust manner. The advantageof our approach is that no prior information or manual annotations arerequired, making it suitable as a general initialisation component for variousmedical imaging tasks that require coarse correspondences, such as atlas/patchbasedsegmentation, registration, and atlas construction. We demonstrate theeffectiveness of our approach in two different applications: a) initialisation oflongitudinal registration on spine CT data of 96 patients, and b) atlas-basedimage segmentation using 150 abdominal CT images. Comparison to state-ofthe-artmethods demonstrate the potential of supervoxel classification forestsfor estimating image correspondences.
Oktay O, Bai W, Guerrero R, et al., 2016, Stratified decision forests for accurate anatomical landmark localization, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, Vol: 36, Pages: 332-342, ISSN: 0278-0062
Accurate localization of anatomical landmarks is an important step in medical imaging, as it provides useful prior information for subsequent image analysis and acquisition methods. It is particularly useful for initialization of automatic image analysis tools (e.g. segmentation and registration) and detection of scan planes for automated image acquisition. Landmark localization has been commonly performed using learning based approaches, such as classifier and/or regressor models. However, trained models may not generalize well in heterogeneous datasets when the images contain large differences due to size, pose and shape variations of organs. To learn more data-adaptive and patient specific models, we propose a novel stratification based training model, and demonstrate its use in a decision forest. The proposed approach does not require any additional training information compared to the standard model training procedure and can be easily integrated into any decision tree framework. The proposed method is evaluated on 1080 3D highresolution and 90 multi-stack 2D cardiac cine MR images. The experiments show that the proposed method achieves state-of-theart landmark localization accuracy and outperforms standard regression and classification based approaches. Additionally, the proposed method is used in a multi-atlas segmentation to create a fully automatic segmentation pipeline, and the results show that it achieves state-of-the-art segmentation accuracy.
Cajanus A, Hall A, Liu Y, et al., 2016, Analysis of frontotemporal lobar degeneration patients using automated magnetic resonance imaging analyzing tool: the MRI characteristics of C9ORF72 expansion carriers, 10th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias, Publisher: WILEY-BLACKWELL, Pages: 387-387, ISSN: 0022-3042
Cnossen MC, Polinder S, Lingsma HF, et al., 2016, Variation in structure and process of care in traumatic brain injury: Provider profiles of European Neurotrauma Centers participating in the CENTER-TBI study, PLoS ONE, Vol: 11
© 2016 Cnossen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.Introduction: The strength of evidence underpinning care and treatment recommendations in traumatic brain injury (TBI) is low. Comparative effectiveness research (CER) has been proposed as a framework to provide evidence for optimal care for TBI patients. The first step in CER is to map the existing variation. The aim of current study is to quantify variation in general structural and process characteristics among centers participating in the Collaborative European NeuroTrauma Effectiveness Research in Traumatic Brain Injury (CENTER-TBI) study. Methods: We designed a set of 11 provider profiling questionnaires with 321 questions about various aspects of TBI care, chosen based on literature and expert opinion. After pilot testing, questionnaires were disseminated to 71 centers from 20 countries participating in the CENTER-TBI study. Reliability of questionnaires was estimated by calculating a concordance rate among 5% duplicate questions. Results: All 71 centers completed the questionnaires. Median concordance rate among duplicate questions was 0.85. The majority of centers were academic hospitals (n = 65, 92%), designated as a level I trauma center (n = 48, 68%) and situated in an urban location (n = 70, 99%). The availability of facilities for neuro-trauma care varied across centers; e.g. 40 (57%) had a dedicated neuro-intensive care unit (ICU), 36 (51%) had an in-hospital rehabilitation unit and the organization of the ICU was closed in 64% (n = 45) of the centers. In addition, we found wide variation in processes of care, such as the ICU admission policy and intracranial pressure monitoring policy among centers. Conclusion: Even among high-volume, specialized neurotrauma centers there is substantial variat
Tong T, Caballero J, Bhatia K, et al., 2016, Dictionary learning for medical image denoising, reconstruction, and segmentation, Machine Learning and Medical Imaging, Pages: 153-181, ISBN: 9780128040768
© 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Modeling data as sparse linear combinations of basis elements from a learnt dictionary has been widely used in signal processing and machine learning. The learnt dictionary, which is well adapted to specific data, has proven to be very effective in image restoration and classification tasks. In this chapter, we will review the most popular dictionary learning techniques such as K-SVD and online dictionary learning. We will also demonstrate how these techniques can be applied to medical imaging applications including image denoising, reconstruction, super-resolution and segmentation.
Maier O, Menze BH, von der Gablentz J, et al., 2016, ISLES 2015 - A public evaluation benchmark for ischemic stroke lesion segmentation from multispectral MRI, Medical Image Analysis, Vol: 35, Pages: 250-269, ISSN: 1361-8423
Ischemic stroke is the most common cerebrovascular disease, and its diagnosis, treatment, and study relies on non-invasive imaging. Algorithms for stroke lesion segmentation from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) volumes are intensely researched, but the reported results are largely incomparable due to different datasets and evaluation schemes. We approached this urgent problem of comparability with the Ischemic Stroke Lesion Segmentation (ISLES) challenge organized in conjunction with the MICCAI 2015 conference. In this paper we propose a common evaluation framework, describe the publicly available datasets, and present the results of the two sub-challenges: Sub-Acute Stroke Lesion Segmentation (SISS) and Stroke Perfusion Estimation (SPES). A total of 16 research groups participated with a wide range of state-of-the-art automatic segmentation algorithms. A thorough analysis of the obtained data enables a critical evaluation of the current state-of-the-art, recommendations for further developments, and the identification of remaining challenges. The segmentation of acute perfusion lesions addressed in SPES was found to be feasible. However, algorithms applied to sub-acute lesion segmentation in SISS still lack accuracy. Overall, no algorithmic characteristic of any method was found to perform superior to the others. Instead, the characteristics of stroke lesion appearances, their evolution, and the observed challenges should be studied in detail. The annotated ISLES image datasets continue to be publicly available through an online evaluation system to serve as an ongoing benchmarking resource (www.isles-challenge.org).
Xu Z, Lee CP, Heinrich MP, et al., 2016, Evaluation of Six Registration Methods for the Human Abdomen on Clinically Acquired CT, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol: 63, Pages: 1563-1572, ISSN: 1558-2531
Objective: This work evaluates current 3-D image registrationtools on clinically acquired abdominal computed tomography(CT) scans. Methods: Thirteen abdominal organs were manuallylabeled on a set of 100 CT images, and the 100 labeled images(i.e., atlases) were pairwise registered based on intensity informationwith six registration tools (FSL, ANTS-CC, ANTS-QUICKMI,IRTK, NIFTYREG, and DEEDS). The Dice similarity coeffi-cient (DSC), mean surface distance, and Hausdorff distance werecalculated on the registered organs individually. Permutation testsand indifference-zone ranking were performed to examine the statisticaland practical significance, respectively. Results: The resultssuggest that DEEDS yielded the best registration performance.However, due to the overall low DSC values, and substantial portionof low-performing outliers, great care must be taken whenimage registration is used for local interpretation of abdominalCT. Conclusion: There is substantial room for improvement inimage registration for abdominal CT. Significance: All data andsource code are available so that innovations in registration canbe directly compared with the current generation of tools withoutexcessive duplication of effort.
Guerrero R, Schmidt-Richberg A, Ledig C, et al., 2016, Instantiated mixed effects modeling of Alzheimer's disease markers, NeuroImage, Vol: 142, Pages: 113-125, ISSN: 1053-8119
The assessment and prediction of a subject's current and future risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease are of great interest in both the design of clinical trials as well as in clinical decision making. Exploring the longitudinal trajectory of markers related to neurodegeneration is an important task when selecting subjects for treatment in trials and the clinic, in the evaluation of early disease indicators and the monitoring of disease progression. Given that there is substantial intersubject variability, models that attempt to describe marker trajectories for a whole population will likely lack specificity for the representation of individual patients. Therefore, we argue here that individualized models provide a more accurate alternative that can be used for tasks such as population stratification and a subject-specific prognosis. In the work presented here, mixed effects modeling is used to derive global and individual marker trajectories for a training population. Test subject (new patient) specific models are then instantiated using a stratified “marker signature” that defines a subpopulation of similar cases within the training database. From this subpopulation, personalized models of the expected trajectory of several markers are subsequently estimated for unseen patients. These patient specific models of markers are shown to provide better predictions of time-to-conversion to Alzheimer's disease than population based models.
Ktena SI, Rueckert D, 2016, A topological graph kernel for gender classification of functional brain networks, 22nd Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping
Network science encompasses the study of the human brain and can lead to fundamental insights into the organization of the healthy and diseased brain, while incorporating knowledge of elementary system components as well as the interactions between them and their emerging properties. In this study, we propose a different way of analysing functional brain networks based on functional MRI data of 100 subjects from the Human Connectome Project (http://www.humanconnectome.org) and attempt to identify the differences between the two genders, since sex has demonstrated a substantial influence on many areas of brain and behavior.
Shi W, Caballero J, Huszár F, et al., 2016, Real-time single image and video super-resolution using an efficient sub-pixel convolutional neural network, CVPR 2016, Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 1874-1883, ISSN: 1063-6919
Recently, several models based on deep neural networks have achieved great success in terms of both reconstruction accuracy and computational performance for single image super-resolution. In these methods, the low resolution (LR) input image is upscaled to the high resolution (HR) space using a single filter, commonly bicubic interpolation, before reconstruction. This means that the super-resolution (SR) operation is performed in HR space. We demonstrate that this is sub-optimal and adds computational complexity. In this paper, we present the first convolutional neural network (CNN) capable of real-time SR of 1080p videos on a single K2 GPU. To achieve this, we propose a novel CNN architecture where the feature maps are extracted in the LR space. In addition, we introduce an efficient sub-pixel convolution layer which learns an array of upscaling filters to upscale the final LR feature maps into the HR output. By doing so, we effectively replace the handcrafted bicubic filter in the SR pipeline with more complex upscaling filters specifically trained for each feature map, whilst also reducing the computational complexity of the overall SR operation. We evaluate the proposed approach using images and videos from publicly available datasets and show that it performs significantly better (+0.15dB on Images and +0.39dB on Videos) and is an order of magnitude faster than previous CNN-based methods.
Huizinga W, Poot DHJ, Roshchupkin G, et al., 2016, Modeling the brain morphology distribution in the general aging population, SPIE Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural and Functional Imaging Conference, Publisher: SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING, ISSN: 0277-786X
Both normal aging and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease cause morphological changes of the brain. To better distinguish between normal and abnormal cases, it is necessary to model changes in brain morphology owing to normal aging. To this end, we developed a method for analyzing and visualizing these changes for the entire brain morphology distribution in the general aging population. The method is applied to 1000 subjects from a large population imaging study in the elderly, from which 900 were used to train the model and 100 were used for testing. The results of the 100 test subjects show that the model generalizes to subjects outside the model population. Smooth percentile curves showing the brain morphology changes as a function of age and spatiotemporal atlases derived from the model population are publicly available via an interactive web application at agingbrain.bigr.nl.
Rueckert D, Glocker B, Kainz B, 2016, Learning clinically useful information from images: Past, present and future, Medical Image Analysis, Vol: 33, Pages: 13-18, ISSN: 1361-8423
Over the last decade, research in medical imaging has made significantprogress in addressing challenging tasks such as image registration and imagesegmentation. In particular, the use of model-based approaches has been keyin numerous, successful advances in methodology. The advantage of modelbasedapproaches is that they allow the incorporation of prior knowledgeacting as a regularisation that favours plausible solutions over implausibleones. More recently, medical imaging has moved away from hand-crafted, andoften explicitly designed models towards data-driven, implicit models thatare constructed using machine learning techniques. This has led to majorimprovements in all stages of the medical imaging pipeline, from acquisitionand reconstruction to analysis and interpretation. As more and more imagingdata is becoming available, e.g., from large population studies, this trend islikely to continue and accelerate. At the same time new developments inmachine learning, e.g., deep learning, as well as significant improvementsin computing power, e.g., parallelisation on graphics hardware, offer newpotential for data-driven, semantic and intelligent medical imaging. Thisarticle outlines the work of the BioMedIA group in this area and highlightssome of the challenges and opportunities for future work.
Parpas P, Rustem, Duy VN Luong, et al., 2016, A weighted Mirror Descent algorithm for nonsmooth convex optimization problem, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, Vol: 170, Pages: 900-915, ISSN: 1573-2878
Large scale nonsmooth convex optimization is a common problemfor a range of computational areas including machine learning and computer vision. Problems in these areas contain special domain structures and characteristics. Special treatment of such problem domains, exploiting their structures, can significantly reduce the computational burden. In this paper, we consider a Mirror Descent method with a special choice of distance function for solving nonsmooth optimization problems over a Cartesian product of convex sets. We propose to use a nonlinear weighted distance in the projectionstep. The convergence analysis identifies optimal weighting parameters that, eventually, lead to the optimally weighted step-size strategy for every projection on a corresponding convex set. We show that the optimality bound of the Mirror Descent algorithm using the weighted distance is either an improvement to, or in the worst-case as good as, the optimality bound of the Mirror Descent using unweighted distances. We demonstrate the efficiency of the algorithm by solving the Markov Random Fields (MRF) optimization problem. In order to exploit the domain of the MRF problem, we use a weighted logentropy distance and a weighted Euclidean distance. Promising experimentalresults demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.
Baumgartner CF, Kolbitsch C, McClelland JR, et al., 2016, Autoadaptive motion modelling for MR-based respiratory motion estimation, Medical Image Analysis, Vol: 35, Pages: 83-100, ISSN: 1361-8423
Respiratory motion poses significant challenges in image-guided interventions. In emerging treatments such as MR-guided HIFU or MR-guided radiotherapy, it may cause significant misalignments between interventional road maps obtained pre-procedure and the anatomy during the treatment, and may affect intra-procedural imaging such as MR-thermometry. Patient specific respiratory motion models provide a solution to this problem. They establish a correspondence between the patient motion and simpler surrogate data which can be acquired easily during the treatment. Patient motion can then be estimated during the treatment by acquiring only the simpler surrogate data.In the majority of classical motion modelling approaches once the correspondence between the surrogate data and the patient motion is established it cannot be changed unless the model is recalibrated. However, breathing patterns are known to significantly change in the time frame of MR-guided interventions. Thus, the classical motion modelling approach may yield inaccurate motion estimations when the relation between the motion and the surrogate data changes over the duration of the treatment and frequent recalibration may not be feasible.We propose a novel methodology for motion modelling which has the ability to automatically adapt to new breathing patterns. This is achieved by choosing the surrogate data in such a way that it can be used to estimate the current motion in 3D as well as to update the motion model. In particular, in this work, we use 2D MR slices from different slice positions to build as well as to apply the motion model. We implemented such an autoadaptive motion model by extending our previous work on manifold alignment.We demonstrate a proof-of-principle of the proposed technique on cardiac gated data of the thorax and evaluate its adaptive behaviour on realistic synthetic data containing two breathing types generated from 6 volunteers, and real data from 4 volunteers. On synthetic data the
Rajchl M, Lee M, Schrans F, et al., 2016, Learning under Distributed Weak Supervision
The availability of training data for supervision is a frequently encountered bottleneck of medical image analysis methods. While typically established by a clinical expert rater, the increase in acquired imaging data renders traditional pixel-wise segmentations less feasible. In this paper, we examine the use of a crowdsourcing platform for the distribution of super-pixel weak annotation tasks and collect such annotations from a crowd of non-expert raters. The crowd annotations are subsequently used for training a fully convolutional neural network to address the problem of fetal brain segmentation in T2-weighted MR images. Using this approach we report encouraging results compared to highly targeted, fully supervised methods and potentially address a frequent problem impeding image analysis research.
Tolonen A, Rhodius-Meester H, Bruun M, et al., 2016, Data-driven differential diagnostics of neurodegenerative diseases, Publisher: WILEY, Pages: 347-347, ISSN: 1351-5101
Corden B, de Marvao A, Dawes T, et al., 2016, Relationship between body composition and left ventricular geometry using three dimensional cardiovascular magnetic resonance, Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, Vol: 18, ISSN: 1532-429X
BackgroundAlthough obesity is associated with alterations in left ventricular (LV) mass and volume which are of prognostic significance, widely differing patterns of remodelling have been attributed to adiposity. Our aim was to define the relationship between body composition and LV geometry using three-dimensional cardiovascular magnetic resonance.MethodsIn an observational study 1530 volunteers (55 % female, mean age 41.3 years) without known cardiovascular disease underwent investigation including breath-hold high spatial resolution 3D cines. Atlas-based segmentation and co-registration was used to create a statistical model of wall thickness (WT) and relative wall thickness (RWT) throughout the LV. The relationship between bio-impedence body composition and LV geometry was assessed using 3D regression models adjusted for age, systolic blood pressure (BP), gender, race and height, with correction to control the false discovery rate.ResultsLV mass was positively associated with fat mass in women but not in men (LV mass: women β = 0.11, p < 0.0001; men β = −0.01, p = 0.82). The 3D models revealed that in males fat mass was strongly associated with a concentric increase in relative wall thickness (RWT) throughout most of the LV (β = 0.37, significant area = 96 %) and a reduced mid-ventricular cavity (β = −0.22, significant area = 91 %). In women the regional concentric hypertrophic association was weaker, and the basal lateral wall showed an inverse relationship between RWT and fat mass (β = −0.11, significant area = 4.8 %).ConclusionsIn an adult population without known cardiovascular disease increasing body fat is predominately associated with asymmetric concentric hypertrophy independent of systolic BP, with women demonstrating greater cavity dilatation than men. Conventional mass
Snape P, Pszczolkowski S, Zafeiriou S, et al., 2016, A robust similarity measure for volumetric image registration with outliers, Image and Vision Computing, Vol: 52, Pages: 97-113, ISSN: 0262-8856
Image registration under challenging realistic conditions is a very important area of research. In this paper, we focus on algorithms that seek to densely align two volumetric images according to a global similarity measure. Despite intensive research in this area, there is still a need for similarity measures that are robust to outliers common to many different types of images. For example, medical image data is often corrupted by intensity inhomogeneities and may contain outliers in the form of pathologies. In this paper we propose a global similarity measure that is robust to both intensity inhomogeneities and outliers without requiring prior knowledge of the type of outliers. We combine the normalised gradients of images with the cosine function and show that it is theoretically robust against a very general class of outliers. Experimentally, we verify the robustness of our measures within two distinct algorithms. Firstly, we embed our similarity measures within a proof-of-concept extension of the Lucas-Kanade algorithm for volumetric data. Finally, we embed our measures within a popular non-rigid alignment framework based on free-form deformations and show it to be robust against both simulated tumours and intensity inhomogeneities.
Rajchl M, Lee M, Oktay O, et al., 2016, DeepCut: Object Segmentation from Bounding Box Annotations using Convolutional Neural Networks, Publisher: arXiv:1605.07866
In this paper, we propose DeepCut, a method to obtain pixelwise object segmentations given an image dataset labelled with bounding box annotations. It extends the approach of the well-known GrabCut method to include machine learning by training a neural network classifier from bounding box annotations. We formulate the problem as an energy minimisation problem over a densely-connected conditional random field and iteratively update the training targets to obtain pixelwise object segmentations. Additionally, we propose variants of the DeepCut method and compare those to a naive approach to CNN training under weak supervision. We test its applicability to solve brain and lung segmentation problems on a challenging fetal magnetic resonance dataset and obtain encouraging results in terms of accuracy.
Parsiot S, Arslan S, Passerat-Palmbach J, et al., 2016, Group-wise Parcellation of the Cortex through Multi-scale Spectral Clustering, Neuroimage, Vol: 136, Pages: 68-83, ISSN: 1095-9572
The delineation of functionally and structurally distinct regions as well as their connectivity can provide key knowledge towards understanding the brain's behaviour and function. Cytoarchitecture has long been the gold standard for such parcellation tasks, but has poor scalability and cannot be mapped in vivo. Functional and diffusion magnetic resonance imaging allow in vivo mapping of brain's connectivity and the parcellation of the brain based on local connectivity information. Several methods have been developed for single subject connectivity driven parcellation, but very few have tackled the task of group-wise parcellation, which is essential for uncovering group specific behaviours. In this paper, we propose a group-wise connectivity-driven parcellation method based on spectral clustering that captures local connectivity information at multiple scales and directly enforces correspondences between subjects. The method is applied to diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging driven parcellation on two independent groups of 50 subjects from the Human Connectome Project. Promising quantitative and qualitative results in terms of information loss, modality comparisons, group consistency and inter-group similarities demonstrate the potential of the method.
Schmidt-Richberg A, Ledig C, Guerrero R, et al., 2016, Learning Biomarker Models for Progression Estimation of Alzheimer’s Disease, PLOS One, Vol: 11, ISSN: 1932-6203
Being able to estimate a patient’s progress in the course of Alzheimer’s disease and predictingfuture progression based on a number of observed biomarker values is of great interestfor patients, clinicians and researchers alike. In this work, an approach for disease progressestimation is presented. Based on a set of subjects that convert to a more severe diseasestage during the study, models that describe typical trajectories of biomarker values in thecourse of disease are learned using quantile regression. A novel probabilistic method isthen derived to estimate the current disease progress as well as the rate of progression ofan individual by fitting acquired biomarkers to the models. A particular strength of themethod is its ability to naturally handle missing data. This means, it is applicable even if individualbiomarker measurements are missing for a subject without requiring a retraining ofthe model. The functionality of the presented method is demonstrated using synthetic and—employing cognitive scores and image-based biomarkers—real data from the ADNIstudy. Further, three possible applications for progress estimation are demonstrated tounderline the versatility of the approach: classification, construction of a spatio-temporal diseaseprogression atlas and prediction of future disease progression.
Kainz B, Lloyd D, Alansary A, et al., High-Performance Motion Correction of Fetal MRI, EuroRVVV -- EuroVis Workshop on Reproducibility, Verification, and Validation in Visualization, Publisher: Eurographics Digital Library
Fetal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) shows promising results for pre-natal diagnostics. The detection of potentially lifethreateningabnormalities in the fetus can be difficult with ultrasound alone. MRI is one of the few safe alternative imagingmodalities in pregnancy. However, to date it has been limited by unpredictable fetal and maternal motion during acquisition.Motion between the acquisitions of individual slices of a 3D volume results in spatial inconsistencies that can be resolved byslice-to-volume reconstruction (SVR) methods to provide high quality 3D image data. Existing algorithms to solve this problemhave evolved from very slow implementations targeting a single organ to general high-performance solutions to reconstruct thewhole uterus. In this paper we give a brief overview over the current state-of-the art in fetal motion compensation methods andshow currently emerging clinical applications of these techniques
Bernard O, Bosch JG, Heyde B, et al., 2016, Standardized Evaluation System for Left Ventricular Segmentation Algorithms in 3D Echocardiography, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, Vol: 35, Pages: 967-977, ISSN: 1558-254X
Real-time 3D Echocardiography (RT3DE) has been proven to be an accurate tool for left ventricular (LV) volume assessment. However, identification of the LV endocardium remains a challenging task, mainly because of the low tissue/blood contrast of the images combined with typical artifacts. Several semi and fully automatic algorithms have been proposed for segmenting the endocardium in RT3DE data in order to extract relevant clinical indices, but a systematic and fair comparison between such methods has so far been impossible due to the lack of a publicly available common database. Here, we introduce a standardized evaluation framework to reliably evaluate and compare the performance of the algorithms developed to segment the LV border in RT3DE. A database consisting of 45 multivendor cardiac ultrasound recordings acquired at different centers with corresponding reference measurements from three experts are made available. The algorithms from nine research groups were quantitatively evaluated and compared using the proposed online platform. The results showed that the best methods produce promising results with respect to the experts' measurements for the extraction of clinical indices, and that they offer good segmentation precision in terms of mean distance error in the context of the experts' variability range. The platform remains open for new submissions.
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