Imperial College London

Professor Paul M. Matthews

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Edmond and Lily Safra Chair, Head of Department



+44 (0)20 7594 2855p.matthews




Ms Siobhan Dillon +44 (0)20 7594 2855




E502Burlington DanesHammersmith Campus






BibTex format

author = {Bai, W and Chen, C and Tarroni, G and Duan, J and Guitton, F and Petersen, SE and Guo, Y and Matthews, PM and Rueckert, D},
title = {Self-supervised learning for cardiac MR image segmentation by anatomicalposition prediction},
url = {},
year = {2019}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - In the recent years, convolutional neural networks have transformed the field of medical image analysis due to their capacity to learn discriminative image features for a variety of classification and regression tasks. However, successfully learning these features requires a large amount of manuallyannotated data, which is expensive to acquire and limited by the availableresources of expert image analysts. Therefore, unsupervised, weakly-supervised and self-supervised feature learning techniques receive a lot of attention, which aim to utilise the vast amount of available data, while at the same time avoid or substantially reduce the effort of manual annotation. In this paper, we propose a novel way for training a cardiac MR image segmentation network, in which features are learnt in a self-supervised manner by predicting anatomical positions. The anatomical positions serve as a supervisory signal and do not require extra manual annotation. We demonstrate that this seemingly simple task provides a strong signal for feature learning and with self-supervised learning, we achieve a high segmentation accuracy that is better than or comparable to a U-net trained from scratch, especially at a small data setting. When only five annotated subjects are available, the proposed method improves the mean Dice metric from 0.811 to 0.852 for short-axis image segmentation, compared to the baseline U-net.
AU - Bai,W
AU - Chen,C
AU - Tarroni,G
AU - Duan,J
AU - Guitton,F
AU - Petersen,SE
AU - Guo,Y
AU - Matthews,PM
AU - Rueckert,D
PY - 2019///
TI - Self-supervised learning for cardiac MR image segmentation by anatomicalposition prediction
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