Evolutionary image simplification for lung nodule classification with convolutional neural networks

Evolutionary image simplification for lung nodule classification with convolutional neural networks Purpose Understanding decisions of deep learning techniques is important. Especially in the medical field, the reasons for a decision in a classification task are as crucial as the pure classification results. In this article, we propose a new approach to compute relevant parts of a medical image. Knowing the relevant parts makes it easier to understand decisions. Methods In our approach, a convolutional neural network is employed to learn structures of images of lung nodules. Then, an evolutionary algorithm is applied to compute a simplified version of an unknown image based on the learned structures by the convolutional neural network. In the simplified version, irrelevant parts are removed from the original image. Results In the results, we show simplified images which allow the observer to focus on the relevant parts. In these images, more than 50% of the pixels are simplified. The simplified pixels do not change the meaning of the images based on the learned structures by the convolutional neural network. An experimental analysis shows the potential of the approach. Besides the examples of simplified images, we analyze the run time development. Conclusions Simplified images make it easier to focus on relevant parts and to find reasons for http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery Springer Journals

Evolutionary image simplification for lung nodule classification with convolutional neural networks

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by CARS
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Imaging / Radiology; Surgery; Health Informatics; Computer Imaging, Vision, Pattern Recognition and Graphics; Computer Science, general
ISSN
1861-6410
eISSN
1861-6429
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11548-018-1794-7
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Abstract

Purpose Understanding decisions of deep learning techniques is important. Especially in the medical field, the reasons for a decision in a classification task are as crucial as the pure classification results. In this article, we propose a new approach to compute relevant parts of a medical image. Knowing the relevant parts makes it easier to understand decisions. Methods In our approach, a convolutional neural network is employed to learn structures of images of lung nodules. Then, an evolutionary algorithm is applied to compute a simplified version of an unknown image based on the learned structures by the convolutional neural network. In the simplified version, irrelevant parts are removed from the original image. Results In the results, we show simplified images which allow the observer to focus on the relevant parts. In these images, more than 50% of the pixels are simplified. The simplified pixels do not change the meaning of the images based on the learned structures by the convolutional neural network. An experimental analysis shows the potential of the approach. Besides the examples of simplified images, we analyze the run time development. Conclusions Simplified images make it easier to focus on relevant parts and to find reasons for

Journal

International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: May 29, 2018

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