Using Generative Models for Pediatric wbMRI

Jan 25, 2020 Blind Submission readers: everyone Show Bibtex
  • Keywords: machine learning, generative models, cancer detection, MRI, whole body MRI
  • TL;DR: Evaluation of different generative models in both generating and anomaly detection in pediatric whole-body MRIs.
  • Track: short paper
  • Paper Type: well-validated application
  • Abstract: Early detection of cancer is key to a good prognosis and requires frequent testing, especially in pediatrics. Whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (wbMRI) is an essential part of several well-established screening protocols with screening starting in early childhood. To date, machine learning (ML) has been used on wbMRI images to stage adult cancer patients. It is not possible to use such tools in pediatrics due to the changing bone signal throughout growth, the difficulty of obtaining these images in young children due to movement and limited compliance, and the rarity of positive cases. We evaluate the quality of wbMRI images generated using generative adversarial networks (GANs) trained on wbMRI data from a pediatric hospital. We use the Fréchet Inception Distance (FID) metric, Domain Fréchet Distance (DFD), and blind tests with a radiology fellow for evaluation. We demonstrate that StyleGAN2 provides the best performance in generating wbMRI images with respect to all three metrics.
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