Attention-Gated Networks for Improving Ultrasound Scan Plane Detection

Jo Schlemper, Ozan Oktay, Liang Chen, Jacqueline Matthew, Caroline Knight, Bernhard Kainz, Ben Glocker, Daniel Rueckert

Apr 11, 2018 MIDL 2018 Conference Submission readers: everyone
  • Abstract: In this work, we apply an attention-gated network to real-time automated scan plane detection for fetal ultrasound screening. Scan plane detection in fetal ultrasound is a challenging problem due the poor image quality resulting in low interpretability for both clinicians and automated algorithms. To solve this, we propose incorporating self-gated soft-attention mechanisms. A soft-attention mechanism generates a gating signal that is end-to-end trainable, which allows the network to contextualise local information useful for prediction. The proposed attention mechanism is generic and it can be easily incorporated into any existing classification architectures, while only requiring a few additional parameters. We show that, when the base network has a high capacity, the incorporated attention mechanism can provide efficient object localisation while improving the overall performance. When the base network has a low capacity, the method greatly outperforms the baseline approach and significantly reduces false positives. Lastly, the generated attention maps allow us to understand the model's reasoning process, which can also be used for weakly supervised object localisation.
  • Author affiliation: Imperial College London
  • Keywords: Deep Learning, Image Classification, CNN, Self-Attention, Fetal Ultrasound
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