Do we really need all these preprocessing steps in brain MRI segmentation?Download PDF

Published: 09 May 2022, Last Modified: 12 May 2023MIDL 2022 Short PapersReaders: Everyone
Keywords: brain MRI, preprocessing, nn-Unet
TL;DR: We show that skipping all steps excluding image alignment and voxel resampling from brain MRI deep learning pipeline may reduce computational costs and improve reproducibility across studies.
Abstract: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data is heterogeneous due to the differences in device manufacturers, scanning protocols, and inter-subject variability. Although preprocessing pipeline standardizes image appearance, its influence on the quality of image segmentation on deep neural networks (DNN) has never been rigorously studied. Here we report a comprehensive study of multimodal MRI brain cancer image segmentation on TCIA-GBM open-source dataset. Our results that the most popular standardization steps add no value to artificial neural network performance; moreover, preprocessing can hamper model performance. We show that the only essential transformation for accurate analysis is the unification of voxel spacing across the dataset.
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