Simultaneous synthesis of FLAIR and segmentation of white matter hypointensities from T1 MRIs

Mauricio Orbes-Arteaga, Lauge Sørensen, Marc Modat, M. Jorge Cardoso, Sébastien Ourselin, Mads Nielsen, Akshay Pai.

Apr 11, 2018 (modified: Jun 11, 2018) MIDL 2018 Conference Submission readers: everyone
  • Abstract: Segmenting vascular pathologies such as white matter lesions in Brain magnetic resonance images (MRIs) require acquisition of multiple sequences such as T1-weighted (T1-w) --on which lesions appear hypointense-- and fluid attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) sequence --where lesions appear hyperintense--. However, most of the existing retrospective datasets do not consist of FLAIR sequences. Existing missing modality imputation methods separate the process of imputation, and the process of segmentation. In this paper, we propose a method to link both modality imputation and segmentation using convolutional neural networks. We show that by jointly optimizing the imputation network and the segmentation network, the method not only produces more realistic synthetic FLAIR images from T1-w images, but also improves the segmentation of WMH from T1-w images only.
  • Keywords: Deep Learning, FLAIR Synthesis, White matter lesion segmentation
  • Author affiliation: University College London, Biomediq A/S, University of Copenhagen