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Automatic Segmentation of the Left Ventricle in Cardiac CT Angiography Using Convolutional Neural Network

Abstract · Apr 19, 2017 11:29 ·

segmentation angiography cardiac ventricle cvd ccta scans cs-cv physics-med-ph

Arxiv Abstract

  • Majd Zreik
  • Tim Leiner
  • Bob D. de Vos
  • Robbert W. van Hamersvelt
  • Max A. Viergever
  • Ivana Isgum

Accurate delineation of the left ventricle (LV) is an important step in evaluation of cardiac function. In this paper, we present an automatic method for segmentation of the LV in cardiac CT angiography (CCTA) scans. Segmentation is performed in two stages. First, a bounding box around the LV is detected using a combination of three convolutional neural networks (CNNs). Subsequently, to obtain the segmentation of the LV, voxel classification is performed within the defined bounding box using a CNN. The study included CCTA scans of sixty patients, fifty scans were used to train the CNNs for the LV localization, five scans were used to train LV segmentation and the remaining five scans were used for testing the method. Automatic segmentation resulted in the average Dice coefficient of 0.85 and mean absolute surface distance of 1.1 mm. The results demonstrate that automatic segmentation of the LV in CCTA scans using voxel classification with convolutional neural networks is feasible.

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