Adipose Tissue Segmentation in Unlabeled Abdomen MRI using Cross Modality Domain Adaptation

Samira Masoudi, Syed M. Anwar, Stephanie A. Harmon, Peter L. Choyke, Baris Turkbey, Ulas Bagci

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Abstract

Abdominal fat quantification is critical since multiple vital organs are located within this region. Although computed tomography (CT) is a highly sensitive modality to segment body fat, it involves ionizing radiations which makes magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) a preferable alternative for this purpose. Additionally, the superior soft tissue contrast in MRI could lead to more accurate results. Yet, it is highly labor intensive to segment fat in MRI scans. In this study, we propose an algorithm based on deep learning technique(s) to automatically quantify fat tissue from MR images through a cross modality adaptation. Our method does not require supervised labeling of MR scans, instead, we utilize a cycle generative adversarial network (C-GAN) to construct a pipeline that transforms the existing MR scans into their equivalent synthetic CT (s-CT) images where fat segmentation is relatively easier due to the descriptive nature of HU (hounsfield unit) in CT images. The fat segmentation results for MRI scans were evaluated by expert radiologist. Qualitative evaluation of our segmentation results shows average success score of 3.80/5 and 4.54/5 for visceral and subcutaneous fat segmentation in MR images.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication42nd Annual International Conferences of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Subtitle of host publicationEnabling Innovative Technologies for Global Healthcare, EMBC 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1624-1628
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781728119908
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event42nd Annual International Conferences of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2020 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Jul 20 2020Jul 24 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
Volume2020-July
ISSN (Print)1557-170X

Conference

Conference42nd Annual International Conferences of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2020
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period7/20/207/24/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics

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