28 February 2018 Deep radiomic prediction with clinical predictors of the survival in patients with rheumatoid arthritis-associated interstitial lung diseases
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We developed and evaluated the effect of our deep-learning-derived radiomic features, called deep radiomic features (DRFs), together with their combination with clinical predictors, on the prediction of the overall survival of patients with rheumatoid arthritis-associated interstitial lung disease (RA-ILD). We retrospectively identified 70 RA-ILD patients with thin-section lung CT and pulmonary function tests. An experienced observer delineated regions of interest (ROIs) from the lung regions on the CT images, and labeled them into one of four ILD patterns (ground-class opacity, reticulation, consolidation, and honeycombing) or a normal pattern. Small image patches centered at individual pixels on these ROIs were extracted and labeled with the class of the ROI to which the patch belonged. A deep convolutional neural network (DCNN), which consists of a series of convolutional layers for feature extraction and a series of fully connected layers, was trained and validated with 5-fold cross-validation for classifying the image patches into one of the above five patterns. A DRF vector for each patch was identified as the output of the last convolutional layer of the DCNN. Statistical moments of each element of the DRF vectors were computed to derive a DRF vector that characterizes the patient. The DRF vector was subjected to a Cox proportional hazards model with elastic-net penalty for predicting the survival of the patient. Evaluation was performed by use of bootstrapping with 2,000 replications, where concordance index (C-index) was used as a comparative performance metric. Preliminary results on clinical predictors, DRFs, and their combinations thereof showed (a) Gender and Age: C-index 64.8% [95% confidence interval (CI): 51.7, 77.9]; (b) gender, age, and physiology (GAP index): C-index: 78.5% [CI: 70.50 86.51], P < 0.0001 in comparison with (a); (c) DRFs: C-index 85.5% [CI: 73.4, 99.6], P < 0.0001 in comparison with (b); and (d) DRF and GAP: C-index 91.0% [CI: 84.6, 97.2], P < 0.0001 in comparison with (c). Kaplan-Meier survival curves of patients stratified to low- and high-risk groups based on the DRFs showed a statistically significant (P < 0.0001) difference. The DRFs outperform the clinical predictors in predicting patient survival, and a combination of the DRFs and GAP index outperforms either one of these predictors. Our results indicate that the DRFs and their combination with clinical predictors provide an accurate prognostic biomarker for patients with RA-ILD.
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Radin A. Nasirudina, Janne J. Näppi, Chinatsu Watari, Mikio Matsuhiro, Toru Hironaka, Shoji Kido, Hiroyuki Yoshida, "Deep radiomic prediction with clinical predictors of the survival in patients with rheumatoid arthritis-associated interstitial lung diseases", Proc. SPIE 10575, Medical Imaging 2018: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 105753R (28 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2293374; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2293374

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