Automatic segmentation of the prostate in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has many applications in prostate cancer diagnosis and therapy. We propose a deep fully convolutional neural network (CNN) to segment the prostate automatically. Our deep CNN model is trained end-to-end in a single learning stage based on prostate MR images and the corresponding ground truths, and learns to make inference for pixel-wise segmentation. Experiments were performed on our in-house data set, which contains prostate MR images of 20 patients. The proposed CNN model obtained a mean Dice similarity coefficient of 85.3%±3.2% as compared to the manual segmentation. Experimental results show that our deep CNN model could yield satisfactory segmentation of the prostate.
Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) is an emerging imaging modality for medical applications. HSI acquires two dimensional images at various wavelengths. The combination of both spectral and spatial information provides quantitative information for cancer detection and diagnosis. This paper proposes using superpixels, principal component analysis (PCA), and support vector machine (SVM) to distinguish regions of tumor from healthy tissue. The classification method uses 2 principal components decomposed from hyperspectral images and obtains an average sensitivity of 93% and an average specificity of 85% for 11 mice. The hyperspectral imaging technology and classification method can have various applications in cancer research and management.
Prostate segmentation on CT images is a challenging task. In this paper, we explore the population and patient-specific characteristics for the segmentation of the prostate on CT images. Because population learning does not consider the inter-patient variations and because patient-specific learning may not perform well for different patients, we are combining the population and patient-specific information to improve segmentation performance. Specifically, we train a population model based on the population data and train a patient-specific model based on the manual segmentation on three slice of the new patient. We compute the similarity between the two models to explore the influence of applicable population knowledge on the specific patient. By combining the patient-specific knowledge with the influence, we can capture the population and patient-specific characteristics to calculate the probability of a pixel belonging to the prostate. Finally, we smooth the prostate surface according to the prostate-density value of the pixels in the distance transform image. We conducted the leave-one-out validation experiments on a set of CT volumes from 15 patients. Manual segmentation results from a radiologist serve as the gold standard for the evaluation. Experimental results show that our method achieved an average DSC of 85.1% as compared to the manual segmentation gold standard. This method outperformed the population learning method and the patient-specific learning approach alone. The CT segmentation method can have various applications in prostate cancer diagnosis and therapy.
This paper proposes a new semi-automatic segmentation method for the prostate on 3D transrectal ultrasound images (TRUS) by combining the region and classification information. We use a random walk algorithm to express the region information efficiently and flexibly because it can avoid segmentation leakage and shrinking bias. We further use the decision tree as the classifier to distinguish the prostate from the non-prostate tissue because of its fast speed and superior performance, especially for a binary classification problem. Our segmentation algorithm is initialized with the user roughly marking the prostate and non-prostate points on the mid-gland slice which are fitted into an ellipse for obtaining more points. Based on these fitted seed points, we run the random walk algorithm to segment the prostate on the mid-gland slice. The segmented contour and the information from the decision tree classification are combined to determine the initial seed points for the other slices. The random walk algorithm is then used to segment the prostate on the adjacent slice. We propagate the process until all slices are segmented. The segmentation method was tested in 32 3D transrectal ultrasound images. Manual segmentation by a radiologist serves as the gold standard for the validation. The experimental results show that the proposed method achieved a Dice similarity coefficient of 91.37±0.05%. The segmentation method can be applied to 3D ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy and other applications.
Proc. SPIE. 9413, Medical Imaging 2015: Image Processing
KEYWORDS: Image processing algorithms and systems, Data modeling, Magnetic resonance imaging, Image segmentation, 3D modeling, Medical imaging, Prostate, Prostate cancer, Process modeling, 3D image processing
Accurate segmentation of the prostate has many applications in prostate cancer diagnosis and therapy. In this paper, we propose a “Supervoxel” based method for prostate segmentation. The prostate segmentation problem is considered as assigning a label to each supervoxel. An energy function with data and smoothness terms is used to model the labeling process. The data term estimates the likelihood of a supervoxel belongs to the prostate according to a shape feature. The geometric relationship between two neighboring supervoxels is used to construct a smoothness term. A threedimensional (3D) graph cut method is used to minimize the energy function in order to segment the prostate. A 3D level set is then used to get a smooth surface based on the output of the graph cut. The performance of the proposed segmentation algorithm was evaluated with respect to the manual segmentation ground truth. The experimental results on 12 prostate volumes showed that the proposed algorithm yields a mean Dice similarity coefficient of 86.9%±3.2%. The segmentation method can be used not only for the prostate but also for other organs.
Most of multi-atlas segmentation methods focus on the registration between the full-size volumes of the data set. Although the transformations obtained from these registrations may be accurate for the global field of view of the images, they may not be accurate for the local prostate region. This is because different magnetic resonance (MR) images have different fields of view and may have large anatomical variability around the prostate. To overcome this limitation, we proposed a two-stage prostate segmentation method based on a fully automatic multi-atlas framework, which includes the detection stage i.e. locating the prostate, and the segmentation stage i.e. extracting the prostate. The purpose of the first stage is to find a cuboid that contains the whole prostate as small cubage as possible. In this paper, the cuboid including the prostate is detected by registering atlas edge volumes to the target volume while an edge detection algorithm is applied to every slice in the volumes. At the second stage, the proposed method focuses on the registration in the region of the prostate vicinity, which can improve the accuracy of the prostate segmentation. We evaluated the proposed method on 12 patient MR volumes by performing a leave-one-out study. Dice similarity coefficient (DSC) and Hausdorff distance (HD) are used to quantify the difference between our method and the manual ground truth. The proposed method yielded a DSC of 83.4%±4.3%, and a HD of 9.3 mm±2.6 mm. The fully automated segmentation method can provide a useful tool in many prostate imaging applications.